Auckland Light Rail


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Auckland Light Rail

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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.

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Construction projects: > AUD$300m

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New Zealand

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

STATUS: Prospective pipeline
VALUE: $1.09bn AUD | $1.2bn NZD
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Possible PPP, Traditional procurement, Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

The Auckland Light Rail network was supported by the newly 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 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 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.

Project history

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 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: 18/05/2018

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