Just over a month ago, City Rail Link released series of new videos showing what the new stations would look like. Over the last week they’ve released a few more.
The video released previously gave the best visual yet as to how the station would look and feel but it only included the Mercury Lane entrance, which is notable given that less than a month earlier it was finally agreed that the station would be future proofed for longer trains and a Beresford Square entrance.
They’ve now released a new version with the Beresford entrance included.
A few things I noted
- You can see where the Beresford Entrance joins the station underground in this before and after screenshot from the video.
- There’s something kind of special about a really long single escalator to get down into a station and that’s exactly what they show as planned for the Beresford Entrance
- The original plans for the entrance had a huge cavern of an entrance in a bid to try and get some light five storeys underground. The design now is simpler and I think it helps celebrate its status as Auckland’s only deep underground station.
- Previous plans for Pitt St had showed large ventilation structures in the middle of the road and on the opposite footpath. These appear to have gone. If correct then that’s another great benefit of building it all from day one.
We first saw a video of what Albert St would look like about 18 months ago but there’s been not a lot about it since then. The new video appears to just be a higher quality version of that and disappointingly hasn’t addressed any of the major flaws in the design.
At about 20 seconds in, is that on-street carparks outside the main entrance to what will be the busiest train station in the city? Alternatively they could be bus stops.
- There is still a significant amount of space take up in the middle of Albert St for skylights.
- It’s unclear how much CRL will implement other council goals at the same time, such as the Victoria St Linear Park (more a plaza in this section), but if they are doing so, it doesn’t show in the video.
- As mentioned, the graphics in this video are prettier but are also more accurate. The previous version showed towering mature trees where none currently exist while the new version reflects the actual design which is use the space that should have been for trees for bus bays. This is problematic because as I’ve pointed out before, ATs own design standards say they shouldn’t be used.
While we’re on the CRL, there have been a couple of good construction videos released showing a timelapse of how the Albert St sections is being built as the process moves up the trench like a production line