Bumpy ride for city rail link
About $45 million of inner-city property on the designated City Rail Link (CRL) line has been bought but six groups are still appealing the move.
Thirty-one of the 73 properties on the route have been acquired, Auckland Transport says.
The remaining 42 are in negotiation’’.
The report was delivered on Wednesday to the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board – an innercity collective including Heart of the City, CBD Residents Advisory Group, Waitemata Local Board and Auckland mayor Len Brown.
Six groups – MediaWorks, Precinct Properties, Stamford
‘‘active Residences and Stamford Hotel, the Samson Corporation and Tramco – are appealing over ‘‘noise, vibration and business disruption effects’’.
The corporations are also appealing over the 15-year period for the CRL works to be completed.
Auckland Transport says it is hoped a solution can be found before involving the Environment Court.
Tenants on the designated route, entitled to relocation, are also in talks with Auckland Transport.
The $2.86 billion link will extend existing underground rail lines through Britomart, Albert, Vincent and Pitt streets, Karangahape Rd and the Central Motorway Junction to Symonds St.
It will emerge above ground to join the western line near Eden Tce.
Two 3.5km twin tunnels will be built up to 45m below the city.
Auckland Council wants to start construction on the CRL in 2016.
But the Government says it will have to wait until 2020, unless central business district employment grows by 25 per cent or rail patronage heads toward 20 million trips a year before 2020.
About 11 million trips were made in the year to March, while Auckland Transport has forecast 15 million trips a year by 2017.