A pretty important day in the process of seeing the City Rail Link through to reality today as the notice of requirement (the application for route protection effectively) has been notified for submissions. The process of securing the designation for the project’s construction, maintenance and operation is pretty similar to the process for gaining resource consent for a proposal – so is a critical hurdle for the project to pass through. There has also been a lot of technical details about the project released which we’ll post about in more detail later – they can be accessed here. For now, some interesting quick observations:
- It’s interesting that Auckland Transport has chosen to go through the ‘traditional’ path for securing this project’s consent rather than the option of a ‘fast tracked’ Board of Inquiry like the Waterview Connection project did.
- It seems that the Inner West Interchange has been removed from the project, while the East Facing Connection will be built. This is excellent as it enables the full capacity of the CRL to be realised.
- The station design drawings still seem to be missing the obvious entrance to Aotea Station from the corner of Darby Street and Elliott Street, though an entrance from Victoria Street (presumably in the proposed linear park) is shown, which is good.
Submissions (including those in support of the project) can be made between now and March 19 – including online submissions. Let’s get those supportive submissions in!