Auckland City Rail Link series

2024 will see the launch of the City Rail Link (CRL) in Auckland.
It’s been touted as arguably the largest infrastructure transformation for Auckland’s CBD since the construction of the Auckland Harbour Bridge in 1959.
The question is then, how can a rail network spanning just 3.45 kilometres be so significant?

The CRL will address:

Network pressure

During peak periods, Britomart is already nearing maximum capacity while according to City Rail Link Limited, major bus routes will be at or over capacity by 2021.

Population growth 

Auckland’s population is forecast to surge to 2.33 million by 2043 (+44% from 2018), with growth in the Auckland CBD significantly more pronounced with a 76% increase

Limited connectivity

Britomart is currently a ‘dead-end’ station but with the CRL it will become the key transportation conduit for Auckland with faster commuting distances to more of the city.

Key facts

44%

more people are expected to call Auckland home by 2043 bringing the forecast population to 2.33 million.

50,000

people per hour are expected to use the CRL at peak times.

30% 

of the Auckland region’s GDP will be contributed by the city centre by 2041, according to City Rail Link Limited.

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