City Rail Link Designation Confirmed

Commissioners have confirmed CRL Designation

 

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From Auckland Transport:

Big step for Auckland’s City Rail Link

14/04/2014 10:41:53 p.m.

The City Rail Link (CRL) has reached a major milestone with Auckland Transport accepting a recommendation by planning commissioners to confirm the land requirements for the CRL.

Auckland Transport’s chief executive David Warburton says the commissioners noted that the project benefits were essentially uncontested and recognised it was critical for Auckland’s growth and economic future.

The CRL will connect Auckland’s rail network underground from Britomart to the existing line near Mt Eden station, which will mean faster, more efficient and more direct travel for train users.

“It’s a big step forward for Auckland. A proposal to extend rail through the city centre has been on the books in some form or other for almost a hundred years but never got beyond an idea. At last we have a designated route,” says Dr Warburton. 

“The CRL is a major economic development opportunity as well as a significant transport investment and will help shape and grow Auckland.”

The designation identifies land in the district plan for rail purposes and protects the route for the future.

All affected property owners and submitters will be informed of AT’s decision which can be appealed to the Environment Court.

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It is of note that the Eastern Highway still carries its designations decades after they were first laid down. That said I still expect the CRL to start construction (all things considered) around the 2017 time frame.