Auckland Light Rail


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Auckland Light Rail

Prospective pipeline

Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.

Credibly proposed

The project or divestment is supported by a state, territory or major local government, is subject to studies or other processes (such as pre-feasibility or scoping studies or business case development), and is likely to proceed to formal announcement.   


The project has a firm commitment and timeline from a state, territory or major local government, but has not yet entered the market.

Under procurement

The project or transaction is under procurement (such as a call for Expressions of Interest, requests for tender, or another offer to the market).

Preferred bidder announced

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Recently closed

Projects that have progressed to contractual close remain on ANZIP for 12 months.

ANZIP is focused only on major infrastructure activity, above the following thresholds:


Construction projects: > AUD$300m

Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m

New Zealand

All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million

STATUS: Prospective pipeline
VALUE: $1.09bn AUD | $1.2bn NZD
TYPE: Greenfield

The Auckland Light Rail network was supported by the newly elected NZ Government in the lead up to the 2017 election.

The first stage will see the construction of a line linking the CBD to Auckland Airport. This comprises first constructing a line from the City Centre to Mt Roskill down Dominion Road within four years. This is followed with a line to be extended to the Airport from Roskkill within the next ten years.

A North-Western Light Rail line between the City Centre and Waimauku was also committed to be constructed within 10 years. A further extension of the network to the North shore after the first two lines are completed was also committed to after 2027.

Funding details and an indicative timeline for procuring the network are yet to be announced by the NZ Government. Given the planning and approval processes in NZ, the project will require swift progression to meet desired delivery targets.

The NZ Government committed to constructing a light rail network known as the "Congestion Free Network 2", which was proposed by Greater Auckland (formerly TransportBlog).

A Mass Transit network for Auckland has been considered for a number of years, particuarly in the central isthmus.

Released in 2016, the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) Recommended Strategic Approach noted the need to preserve a mass transit corridor between the city and airport within the first decade and construct it in the second decade.

In August 2017 an update to the Strategic Approach was released, which identifying the need to accelerate investment into a mass transit solution starting with a circa NZ$700 million route between the City Centre and Mt Roskill (advanced bus or light rail).

The total cost of the solution was estimated at up to $1.2 billion

The ATAP update also notes NZ$500 million has been allocated over the next 10 years towards route protection and early stages of construction.

Last updated: 16/11/2017

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