Auckland Light Rail opens tender process

Tendering processes for the $14.6 billion Auckland Light Rail project and Port of Waitematā Additional Connections project have opened, marking a milestone in the development of a public transport network time-tested fast for New Zealand’s North Island metropolis.
“The Auckland Light Rail project will provide a 24km route with up to 18 stations or stops from the city center to Māngere and the airport. The route will include tunnel light rail from the Wynyard neighborhood to Mount Roskill, continuing above ground to the airport parallel to the SH20 highway, with the provision of safe walking and cycling options along along the corridor and with connections to all stations,” said the Minister of Transport. , said Michael Wood.
“The light rail line will also be integrated with existing rail and bus hubs and City Rail Link stations and connections, bringing Auckland’s transport infrastructure into the 21st century, enabling faster journeys and lower emissions. . City Rail Link is the heart of Auckland’s transport network, and Light Rail will form the backbone of what will be a fully integrated rapid transit network that will take us into the future.
“It is positive to see the investment certainty brought by the government’s commitment to build Auckland’s light rail. This week we saw Auckland Airport announce a $300m+ transport hub development, which will cater specifically for future rapid transit to the airport. By pursuing this project, we are giving companies the certainty to make important business decisions now, to plan around critical infrastructure,” added Wood.
The tender process for the Auckland Light Rail is coordinated with the tender process for the Port of Waitematā Additional Connections project, to ensure that the industry professionals who plan and design these projects are able to best plan the pipeline of upcoming infrastructure works. through Aotearoa.
The Port of Waitematā Additional Connections project will provide reliable, efficient and sustainable transport options across the harbour, expanding the city’s existing rapid transit network, completing a strategic walk and cycle connection for Auckland and making the more resilient urban road network. Planning work on the Waitematā Connections project will begin later this year, with a preferred path forward determined by the end of 2023.
“Auckland’s population is expected to reach two million by the early 2030s. In order to move two million people around our biggest city safely and efficiently, we need well-planned and connected infrastructure. We’re not going to repeat previous mistakes of ad hoc planning and find ourselves scrambling to build infrastructure when it’s too late – this rapid transit system aims to ensure Auckland can prosper as it goes. its growth,” Wood said.

Jose P. Rogers