Bumpy ride for city rail link

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS ETHERIDGE

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.

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