Six consultants chosen for Auckland’s $10.6 billion rapid transit system

Auckland Light Rail and National Transport Agency Waka Kotahi have appointed two preferred bidders for the design and planning works for Auckland Light Rail and Waitematā Port connections.

The projects are both being acquired through public-private partnerships and aim to provide New Zealand’s largest city with a rapid transit system that better connects road, rail, bus, pedestrian and cycle connections. .

For the $8.3 billion light rail project, Australian engineer Aurecon and British consultant Arup will act as delivery partners.

Canadian engineer WSP, Auckland consulting engineer Beca, French Systra and Australian designer Cox Architecture have been shortlisted for the $2.3 billion port program.

Auckland Light Rail and Waka Kotahi said in a joint press release: “Advancing a modern, world-class rapid transit system and transforming the way Aucklanders move around their city, including crossing the port of Waitematā, has attracted two exceptional teams with important national and international players. live.”

Brett Gliddon, general manager of transport services at Waka Kotahi, said the Harbor Connections team will present their recommendations by the middle of next year. He added: “These will encompass all modes, including light rail, buses, connections for walking and cycling, vehicles and freight, while determining the future use of the Port Bridge of Auckland.

“These long-term solutions will require significant capital investment and involve complex large-scale construction, which is expected to take more than 15 years of design and construction work.”

During this time, the light rail team will establish a final route for the 24 km light rail system and locations for up to 18 stations. He will also develop the business case for the project and plan the construction process.

Commenting on Auckland’s transport needs, Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson said: “Auckland’s population is expected to reach 2 million by the start of the next decade. In order to move 2 million people in our largest city safely and efficiently, we need well-planned and connected infrastructure.

“We have deliberately chosen this option for the Auckland Light Rail which will integrate with other major infrastructure projects across Auckland, such as the additional Waitemata Harbor crossing, the Auckland Rapid Transit Plan and the on a large scale of Kainga Ora.”

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