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Financial advisor appointed for $4.1B rail project

Three construction companies and three design companies have teamed up to deliver the stations and tunnels for Auckland $4 billion City Rail Link, following the signing of a new contract. 

Global consultancy firm Turner & Townsend has been appointed to provide cost management advisory services for the largest transport infrastructure project ever undertaken in New Zealand.

The company will oversee the $4.1 billion (NZ$4.4 billion) City Rail Link project, which will include the redevelopment of an existing heritage station and two new underground stations.

City Rail Link will also see the construction of a 3.45-kilometre twin tunnel up to 42 metres below the Auckland city centre, along with associated network enhancements.

It will provide the capacity to manage 54,000 passengers an hour at peak travel times.

Other benefits include significantly improved customer service levels, expansion of the city’s economic potential, improving access to jobs and providing access to special housing areas.

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The project is jointly funded by the New Zealand Government and Auckland Council.

Turner & Townsend New Zealand Regional Director Ross Dunkerley said the project would double Auckland’s rail capacity and improve travel times for the entire transport network upon the project’s completion in 2024.

“It represents a significant enhancement and modernisation of the city’s urban framework. We are very proud to play our part in City Rail Link which will enrich the lives of so many in Auckland,” Dunkerly said.

“The City Rail Link project represents an exciting opportunity for us as our Auckland office continues to grow. We will be applying both local and international best practice expertise to ensure it is a legacy project for New Zealand.”

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