9 October 2019
Auckland’s underground treat – walk the CRL tunnels
Aucklanders will have the opportunity next month to walk a section of the 3.45-kilometre-long tunnels being built for the City Rail Link project.
The open day will be held on Sunday, 17 November, at the Britomart end of the project in lower Queen Street. Tickets will be available from Wednesday, 6 November.
“This will be a rare opportunity for people to enjoy a brief snapshot of New Zealand’s largest-ever infrastructure project being built right under the city – we have a lot to celebrate,” says City Rail Link Ltd’s Chief Executive, Dr Sean Sweeney.
“It’s a great chance for us to say, ‘thank you’ to people for the support they are giving the project, and for us to show off some of the outstanding engineering behind a project that will re-shape the way Aucklanders travel.”
People will be able to walk under lower Queen Street, the Commercial Bay development and into lower Albert Street – a return distance of 600 metres that will take about half-an-hour.
Space in the tunnels is confined. Access for those who use wheelchairs or mobility scooters is limited. There will be no access for bikes, prams, pushchairs, scooters and skateboards.
• Numbers will be restricted to 10,000
• Entry will be by ticket, which will only be available on-line from 6 November
• Tickets will be free and restricted to six per person with a total of 10,000 issued.
• Walking the tunnels will run between from 8am until last entry at 5pm
• There will be 10 entry sessions during the day. To keep people safe underground, each session will be restricted to 1000 people
• When tickets become available, people will need to nominate the time of their visit
• The tunnels are not suitable for people who have a fear of being in a confined space, and there are low levels of lighting underground
• People are encouraged to wear sensible, flat shoes
• Entry and exit from the tunnels will be through the Britomart station
Dr Sweeney says CRL Ltd welcomes the support the open day is getting from Auckland Transport, KiwiRail, and rail-operator TransDev. Details are still be finalised and people will be kept informed of the event’s full programme, and how to get their on-line tickets.
“Our priority is to keep everyone safe in confined spaces underground and to make sure they go home with an experience that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives,” Dr Sweeney says.
More information about the CRL project is available at https://www.cityraillink.co.nz
Ewart Barnsley – Media Manager
City Rail Link Project
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