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MPs visit CRL project


The 3.45 km twin-tunnel rail link is being built to better connect Auckland’s rail network. It is expected to at least double the city’s rail capacity.

The most recent milestone for the CRL project is the tunnel boring machine (TBM) Dame Whina Cooper breaking through at Karanga a Hape Station on 15 July, slightly ahead of schedule.

During the works required for the CRL project, workers and partners are complying with more than 500 conditions from Auckland Council and must also comply with archaeological authorities obtained from Heritage New Zealand.

Management plans are in place to ensure compliance, and the project is being constantly monitored so that any breaches can be rectified quickly. Key to reducing the social and environmental impact of the project are the monitoring of noise and vibration, discharges, and disruption of traffic, parking and businesses. Groundwater levels are monitored in real time, 24/7.

MP for Northcote Shanan Halbert, who was present for the tour of the project, said that the completed project will ease congestion, cut commuting times and add significant peak hour capacity.

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