Auckland Light Rail




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Auckland Light Rail
Auckland Light Rail - City to Mt Roskill
Auckland Light Rail - Mt Roskill to Airport
Auckland Light Rail - Northwest
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STATUS: Credibly proposed
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: New Zealand
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Possible PPP, Traditional procurement, Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

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

The light rail network is expected to comprise two major lines within the next decade

The first line will link the CBD to Auckland Airport. This comprises first constructing a line from the City Centre to Mt Roskill down Dominion Road within four years, with the line then to be extended to the Airport from Mt Roskill within the next ten years.

The second line is a North-Western line which will run between the City Centre and Waimauku. The NZ Government has committed to constructing the line within the next 10 years. A further extension of the network to the North shore after the first two lines are completed has been flagged for 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.

To this end in May 2018 the NZ Government announced Cabinet had agreed to launch a procurement process in due course, with the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) to explore procurement, financing and delivery options. This followed the Government receiving an unsolicited proposal to design, build and operate the project from a consortium including the NZ Superannuation Fund.

In December 2017, the NZ Government indicated it would consider utilising a PPP to deliver the light rail project.

The updated Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) report released in April 2018 proposed that $1.8 billion would be allocated to developing the CBD - Airport (Māngere) and North-Western light rail lines, noting there is opportunity to explore third party funding and financing arrangements to develop the project. The ATAP report includes light rail as a recommended transport investment priority over the 2018-2028 decade.

The CBD - Airport line will comprise approximately 22 kilometres of dual light rail line, with rolling stock and operation of the line also procured.

The CBD - Northwest line is proposed in ATAP to follow State Highway 16 however route options are still subject to further investigation.

NZTA held an Industry briefing in Auckland on 31 July which will include information on the overall project, anticipated timelines, major milestones and market engagement process. The briefing will be followed by market engagement meetings in Auckland and Sydney, which will lead to a market engagement summary report scheduled to be provided to industry in September. In Q4 2018 NZTA expect to conduct further market soundings on the preferred procurement model(s).

The NZ Government has given NZTA the responsibility of delivering the country's rapid transit networks including light rail.

Registrations of Interest for planning and engineering services for the City to Airport line were open from 13 - 23 August.

Project history

A Mass Transit network for Auckland has been considered for a number of years, particularly 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 ATAP Strategic Approach was released, which identified the need to accelerate investment into a mass transit solution in the next decade, 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 noted NZ$500 million has been allocated over the next 10 years towards route protection and early stages of construction.

In September 2017, the newly elected NZ Government committed to constructing a light rail network known as the "Congestion Free Network 2", which was proposed by Greater Auckland (formerly TransportBlog).



Last reviewed: 28/08/2018

Auckland Light Rail - City to Mt Roskill


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Auckland Light Rail - City to Mt Roskill

STATUS: Credibly proposed
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: New Zealand
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Possible PPP,Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

The Auckland Light Rail network was supported by the now elected NZ Government in the lead up to the 2017 September election, with two lines proposed to be built in the next decade.

The circa 22 kilometre first line between the CBD to Auckland Airport is expected to be split into two sections; CBD to Mt Roskill and Mt Roskill to the Airport. Rolling stock and operation of the line will also be procured however contract composition is not yet known.

The CBD to Mt Roskill section is the most advanced section of the light rail network, with the line currently proposed to run from the City Centre down Queen Street and Dominion Road to Mt Roskill. The New Zealand Government committed to building the line within four years at the 2017 NZ Election.

The 2018 Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) report announced the allocation of $1.8 billion towards the development of both light rail lines. It is unclear what the funding split will be between the different sections of the network.

The New Zealand Government has previously said the project could be delivered through a Public Private Partnership.



Last reviewed: 28/08/2018

Auckland Light Rail - Mt Roskill to Airport


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Auckland Light Rail - Mt Roskill to Airport

STATUS: Credibly proposed
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: New Zealand
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Possible PPP,Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

The Auckland Light Rail network was supported by the now elected NZ Government in the lead up to the 2017 September election, with two lines proposed to be built in the next decade.

The circa 22 kilometre first line between the CBD to Auckland Airport is expected to be split into two sections; CBD to Mt Roskill and Mt Roskill to the Airport. Rolling stock and operation of the line will also be procured however contract composition is not yet known.

The Mt Roskill to Airport section is currently proposed to follow state highways 20 and 20A but this could be subject to change. The 2018 Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) report notes that some sections of the proposed route overlap with an existing rail designation.



Last reviewed: 28/08/2018

Auckland Light Rail - Northwest


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Auckland Light Rail - Northwest

STATUS: Prospective pipeline
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: New Zealand
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Possible PPP,Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

The Auckland Light Rail network was supported by the now elected NZ Government in the lead up to the 2017 September election, with two lines proposed to be built in the next decade.

The second line between the CBD and the Northwest of Auckland identified in 2015 as a project for the long-term horizon of 20 years. However, the newly elected NZ Government has committed to bringing the project forward to be completed in the next decade.

The Northwest line is proposed in the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) to follow State Highway 16 from the CBD west to Lincoln road and Westgate and then out to Kumeu/Huapai. However, the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and Auckland Transport are continuing to investigate how to best deliver the line, with the route still subject to further investigation.



Last reviewed: 28/08/2018

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