The CRL makes rail competitive off-peak

The growth of public transport in Auckland over the last 10-15 years (prior to COVID-19) has been impressive, having nearly doubled to over 103 million trips, although this was off a very low base. As we’ve highlighted before, much of that growth has come from the Rapid Transit network of our rail lines and the Northern Busway. …
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Is CRL still value for money?

It’s said you shouldn’t respond to every stupid thing you see on the internet but sometimes it’s too hard to resist and that’s the case with an opinion piece published by Newsroom yesterday about the City Rail Link. The piece was written by University of Auckland economics Professor Tim Hazeldine suggesting we should stop building the CRL.…
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Why we shouldn’t upgrade Henderson for the CRL

I’ve long been a huge supporter of the City Rail Link. It’s going to be transformative project for Auckland that will deliver many benefits for decades to come. I’m also pleased we’ve seen some positive improvements to the projects over the years, particularly that it is now being future proofed for 9-car trains and that the Beresford Square entrance will now be built.…
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Walking the CRL tunnels

Yesterday City Rail Link held their ‘Walk the Tunnels’ event for those lucky enough to get tickets. Thanks to some generous readers I managed to get some tickets and went along for a visit so thought I’d share some of my photos for those that didn’t manage to make it through.…
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CRL a step closer but more expensive

The City Rail Link, the country’s biggest transport project, just got $1 billion bigger but also few steps closer to reality as part of three “significant announcements” made yesterday. Revised Costs The biggest news is that the project is now expected to cost $4.419 billion, up from the $3.4 billion figure that they say was last estimated in 2014.…
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NZ Super Fund to take over CRL

The NZ Herald reports: In a surprise move, Transport Minister Phil Twyford yesterday announced that the New Zealand Superannuation Fund – often referred to as the “Cullen Fund” after former Finance Minister Michael Cullen – would take over the financing and delivery of the City Rail Link project under downtown Auckland.…
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