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NZ’s City Rail Link produces innovative 3D model

The use of the 3D model will enable the work being diligently executed by the CRL team to be seen with more ease.

The model itself is a cross-section and shows a view of the station as if it were cut in half, looking outward toward Victoria from Mayoral Drive.

It is hard to show a real-life cross-section, although the three photos City Rail Link posted on social media manage to provide at least give some perspective to the works being undertaken. The photos convey the basement levels, the superstructure, and the station between Wellesley and Victoria Streets, where excavation is underway.

The CRL is New Zealand’s largest transport infrastructure project in the nation’s history and is continuing to expand.

The CRL is a 3.45km twin-tunnel underground rail link up to 42 m below the Auckland city centre. The goal of the project is to transform the downtown Waitematā Station (Britomart) into a two-way through-station that better connects the city’s rail network.

The tunnels will connect Britomart with a re-developed Mt Eden station on the western line. Additionally, two new underground stations, Karanga a Hape and Aotea, will open up central city access.

The project allows the rail network to have at least double rail capacity.

An ambitious $4.4 billion project, the CRL will double the number of people within 30 minutes of central Auckland which is the country’s largest employment hub. When fully operational 54,000 passengers an hour will CRL stations at peak hours. This is the rail equivalent of an additional 16 lanes of road or three Auckland Harbour Bridges.

More than 2,000 jobs have been created for the project, the complexity and innovation of which will upskill the workforce and benefit future generations.

To see the images of the CRL model, click here.

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