The North-West line is proposed in the 2018 Auckland Transport Alignment Project to follow State Highway 16 from the CBD west to Lincoln Road and Westgate and then out to Kumeu/Huapai. However, Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and Auckland Transport continue to investigate line alignments, with the route still subject to further changes.
|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.|
|May 2018||NZ Infra, a consortium comprising NZ Super and CDPQ submitted an unsolicited proposal to build the line.|
|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 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 general election in September 2020.|