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  • Posted on: 05, 25, 2020
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Plan for busy CRL works during Queen’s Birthday holiday 

Aucklanders are advised to plan for some disruption to travel in parts of the city during the Queen’s Birthday holiday weekend because of a busy programme of City Rail Link (CRL) related works.

Disruption will affect both rail travellers and some roads. City Rail Link Ltd, Link Alliance, Auckland Transport and KiwiRail have worked together to co-ordinate plans and minimise disruption.

Mt Eden

In the Mt Eden area, the installation of a new track system will ultimately allow Link Alliance to start work to connect the CRL tunnels to the Western Line and to rebuild Mt Eden Station.

To enable the tunnel and connections to be built the Porters Avenue rail crossing just west of the station will close permanently to vehicle traffic this Friday (29 May), and over Queen’s Birthday buses will replace trains on the Western Line.

Queen’s Birthday marks the start of several weekend line closures. Most construction can only be completed safely when no trains are running. CRL’s four-year Mt Eden works programme includes shifting underground utilities, laying four tracks instead of the present two, and building a trench for two of those tracks to connect with the tunnels. When Mt Eden Station closes for redevelopment in July trains will continue to run on a single line through the station with little disruption to existing timetables.

Over Queen’s Birthday, diversions will be in place for road users during the temporary closure of the Normanby Road level crossing and a partial closure of Boston Road between Auburn Street and Severn Road intersections. The closures will allow contractors to install electrical ducts and lift the new track into place. Access to all businesses and properties will be maintained and detours will be signposted.

Work along Fenton Street will also be underway. From Thursday, 28 May, Link Alliance will start work to divert Auckland’s Huia 2 watermain and other utilities away from the rail corridor.


Contractors will install over-head electrical lines for one of the four new track crossovers or junctions on the Southern Line as part of an CRL-related upgrade of Ōtāhuhu Station. To do this safely, the line south of Penrose Station will be closed and power switched off for existing over-head electrical lines.

Work at other CRL sites over the long weekend is not expected to cause travel disruption.

Information and updates on Mt Eden Station construction works are available online at www.CityRailLink.co.nz.

If you have any questions or concerns about our works, please email the Mt Eden Station team at mteden@linkalliance.co.nz or phone us on 0800 CRL TALK and press option 5 for Mt Eden works.  

This link includes information about upgrade work on the rail network:


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

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


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