14 November 2019
CRL ready for “sneak peek” tunnel walk
Preparations are almost complete inside the City Rail Link tunnels as the project gets ready to welcome 10,000 Aucklanders who will take a “sneak peek” of the work underground on Sunday (17 November).
“Our planning is focussing on making sure everyone who visits us remains safe in the tunnels and walks away with unforgettable memories of what they’ve seen underground,” says City Rail Link Ltd’s Chief Executive, Dr Sean Sweeney.
The Walk the Tunnels event is 600 metres long and will take about half an hour. Tunnel entry is from the Britomart Station, under lower Queen Street, Commercial Bay and into the lower end of Albert Street before returning to Britomart.
Walk the Tunnel organisers advise people they may have to queue, and once underground there will be areas that are confined.
“The CRL tunnels are narrower than the Victoria Park and Waterview motorway tunnels and there will be some sections that may not suit people uncomfortable in confined spaces,” Dr Sweeney says
Queuing may occur at the Britomart entrance, and where some sections of the tunnels narrow.
“If there is a short delay be patient, no one is going to miss out,” adds Dr Sweeney.
Smoother access into the tunnels can be managed if people arrive on time. They have a 40-minute entry window in their allotted hour.
Roads around Britomart will be busy on Sunday and public transport is a good option for people walking the tunnels. Bus, rail and ferry services into the central city are frequent with trains terminating at Britomart a few metres from the entry point to the tunnels.
Walk the Tunnels opens at 8am and there will be 10 entry times every hour during the day. The last walkers will be admitted at 5.40pm.
Dr Sweeney says demand for tickets was unprecedented and the 10,000 available on-line were snapped up in 15 minutes.
“I know a lot of people were disappointed when they missed out but 10,000 was the absolute maximum that could be managed safely. Although work has been suspended for the day, the tunnels still remain an active construction site,” Dr Sweeney says.
“Ticket demand was a reassuring reminder of public support for the City Rail Link and we will be looking at other opportunities over the next five years where we can invite people for other ‘sneak peeks’ of a project that is re-drawing Auckland’s transport map.”
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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