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Busy “holiday” keeps CRL on track at Mt Eden

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Busy “holiday” keeps CRL on track at Mt Eden   

Non-stop work over the Christmas and New Year holidays has allowed the City Rail Link project to regain full construction momentum at its Mt Eden site.

“Since last Boxing Day our tireless crews have been going flat-stick in some pretty hot conditions and with hardly a breather – working seven days a week and sometimes around the clock,” says    Nick Adams, North Auckland Line Deputy Construction Manager for the Link Alliance.

“Mt Eden’s big and complex with a lot going on and the holiday break’s been a great opportunity to keep the foot down firmly on the construction pedal and accelerate work. Progress these past few weeks keeps us on track to start work with our Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) in April. ”

Mt Eden is the location of the southern  portal of the CRL tunnel being built under central Auckland, and the place where New Zealand’s largest ever transport infrastructure project will connect with the existing Western Line.


The Link Alliance is delivering the main stations, tunnels and rail systems for City Rail Link Ltd.


Mr Adams says Link Alliance collaboration with KiwiRail over its maintenance closure of the Western Line – known as a Block of Line – helped advance its programme of work.


“With the line temporarily closed to trains, it made it safer for us to work in and around the rail corridor and complete a lot of our necessary work.”


The Link Alliance’s programme included track changes to prepare for the CRL connection, relocating utilities, building retaining walls and new drains,  piling and associated activities, and work related to new bridges.  Elsewhere at the Mt Eden site, work continued  on mining the first 51 metres of the CRL to accommodate the TBM.


Mr Adams has thanked people living and working near the site for their support.


“We do our very best to control disruption like noise and dust and we extend our sincerest thanks to our neighbours for their patience.   Their support is important to us, and one big plus for getting so much done this month means future extensive work like this will not have to happen so often.”


Mr Adams says the extensive holiday period of work for CRL will end at Mt Eden next  Sunday, 31 January.


More information about the CRL work at Mt Eden is available by ringing 0800 CRL TALK (chose option 5) or mteden@linkalliance.co.nz

People can also stay up to date with the City Rail Link project at: https://www.cityraillink.co.nz

Ngā mihi   |  warm regards

Ewart Barnsley
Media Manager

City Rail Link Ltd | Level 2, 25 Teed Street, Newmarket, Auckland 1023
PO Box 9681, Newmarket, Auckland 1149, New Zealand

+64 27 275 6868 | E ewart.barnsley@cityraillink.govt.nz

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