NZ mayor talks tunnels in China

Mayor Len Brown is travelling as a guest of the New Zealand Transport Agency as its engineers investigate transport and infrastructure development on a five-day trip to Auckland’s sister city of Guangzhou and City of Shanghai.

The main program for the visit includes site visits to the Maglev Transportation Project, Shanghai Metro Company, Shanghai Changjiang Tunnel and Bridge Project, Wuxi tunnel boring machines manufacturing site, and the Tsing Ma Bridge in Hong Kong. In addition to his courtesy call to the Mayor of Guangzhou, Len Brown will also visit mass transit projects in Guangzhou.

“China is a world leader in tunnelling technology, and is developing new approaches to building urban tunnels which could save millions of dollars on major transport projects. There is much we can learn from their experience and expertise,” Mr Brown said.

The Auckland Council has identified two significant underground projects in the City’s future: the city rail link, which will open up a congested rail network and provide a fully integrated public transport system, and an additional harbour crossing.

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