After disruption on many streets around central Auckland to prepare for the city rail link, contractors will start the first phase of work on the project at the Britomart transport centre this week.
The station will stay open – accessible from Tyler, Galway & Lower Queen Sts and the eastern entrance at Takutai Square – but the Commerce St entrance will be closed for 6 months.
A new entrance facility will be built in Commerce St to replicate the facilities in the historic Chief Post Office building, which will be closed early next year to allow the rail link tunnels to be built beneath.
Rail link project director Chris Meale said hoardings would be in place throughout construction, with signage to guide travellers to the nearest station access. Bus shelters & the drop off/pickup area will be removed, and alternative drop-off & mobility parking provided on Galway St. 2 delivery & service vehicle spaces will also be available on Tyler St.
The Britomart stage of the rail link project has been awarded to a joint venture between ASX & NZX-listed Downer EDI Ltd and the local subsidiary of Soletanche Bachy, part of the Vinci SA construction group of France. Another arm of the French group, Soletanche Freyssinet SA, bought 55% of Christchurch-based March Construction Ltd from the March family in 2012 after working on joint ventures with March for 8 years.
The Britomart joint venture’s project director, Dale Burtenshaw, said the temporary station entrance would be completed early next year and would house the ticketing office & retail units and function as the main entrance. Phase 2 will start once the temporary station entrance is complete and is expected to finish in 2020.
Attribution: Auckland Transport release, company documents.