Works on hold for Auckland supercity

COVID-19 restrictions have put the breaks on two of Auckland’s major infrastructure development projects – the City Rail Link and the Central Interceptor.

Watercare commenced works on the Central Interceptor project in Māngere last month, with the 14.7 km sewer tunnel to run from Grey Lynn to the Māngere Wastewater Treatment Plant and expected to be completed in 2025. 

Once completed, it will be the longest bored wastewater tunnel in New Zealand. 

According to the Executive Program Director Shayne Cunis, the project came to a  halt in recent weeks due to recent COVID-19 outbreak. 

Mr Cunis said that under the public health response legislation, basic operations were still permitted, but expects the project’s operations to be able to return to “normal” when Auckland shifts to alert level 3.

Greater onsite restrictions for staff will still be in place after the alert level is downgraded, with workers having to maintain social distancing and onsite “bubbles”.

He said the latest lockdown will affect the time it takes to complete the project, but he remains confident it can still be delivered on budget.

Across town, developments on the $4.4 billion City Rail Link have also been stalled. 

A spokesperson from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) said they were unable to confirm what operations will look like for the CRL and Central Interceptor projects under level 3 restrictions. 

For more information visit the Watercare website. 

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