Auckland Light Rail - Mt Roskill to Airport
Preferred bidder announced
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.
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.
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
A preferred bidder has been selected and is in exclusive negotiations.
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
All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million
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.
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.
Jun 2020: The NZ Government decided not to appoint a preferred proponent for the Auckland Light Rail and ended the procurement process for the project. Government parties were unable to reach agreement on a preferred proposal. The project was referred to the Ministry of Transport for additional work. The government announced that a final decision on the future of the Auckland Light Rail would be made after the NZ election in September 2020.
Aug 2019: The NZ Government announced that the NZ Infra Joint Venture and Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) had been asked to continue developing their proposals for delivery of the City Centre to Airport line over the over the course of late 2019 for delivery of the City Centre to Airport line. A decision on the preferred procurement approach proposed by NZ Infra and NZTA is expected to be made by the NZ Government in early 2020. Construction was not expected to start until at least 2021.
May 2018: The 2018 Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) report announced the allocation of NZ$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.
May 2018: NZ Infra, a consortium comprising NZ Super and CDPQ, submitted an unsolicited proposal to build the line.
Last reviewed: 19/03/2021