The circa-22 kilometre first light rail line between the CBD and 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.
|May 2018||NZ Infra, a consortium comprising NZ Super and CDPQ submitted an unsolicited proposal to build the line.|
|May 2018||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.|
|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 is not expected to start until at least 2021.|
|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 for Transport for additional work. The government announced that a final decision on the future of the Auckland Light Rail would be made after the general election in September 2020.|