Enabling Works to Start in May
City Rail Link appeals over – Auckland Transport
Wednesday, 26 August, 2015 – 14:52
The City Rail Link (CRL) has reached a major milestone with all appeals to its land designation now resolved by agreement or dismissed.
Auckland Transport’s chief executive David Warburton says five of the six appeals were settled and the only appeal that went to the Environment Court has been dismissed.
The designation is now confirmed subject to finalisation of conditions by the Court.
“It’s a big step forward for Auckland. A proposal to extend rail through the city centre has been around for almost a hundred years but has never got much beyond an idea. Now we have a designated route,” says Dr Warburton.
“Early works start in November this year. While there are still some other planning processes to work through in relation to regional consents and Britomart, we anticipate a start on the cut and cover in Albert Street in May next year.”
The CRL is critical to Auckland, being a major economic development catalyst as well as a significant transport investment that will help shape and grow our city” said Dr Warburton.
“Already there is something like 170,000 m2 of proposed or consented development on or adjacent to the CRL route on Albert Street.”
The Court’s decision ends a two and a half year planning process to get the designation for the project.
The now confirmed designation identifies land in the district plan for rail purposes and protects the route for the future.
I believe Auckland Transport is working through the sub-terrain consents at the moment.
As for that appeal got dismissed you can read about about that here:Court refuses landlord’s City Rail Link appeal