Auckland Mayor welcomes greater certainty for CRL route
5 March 2014
Mayor welcomes greater certainty for CRL route
Mayor Len Brown has welcomed a recommendation by planning commissioners that land required for the City Rail Link (CRL) route be set aside.
Len Brown says: “This is another important step on the path to completing Auckland’s most important infrastructure project. The recommendation adds another layer of certainly to everyone involved including international developers who have indicated their intention to invest in major projects along the CRL route.”
The five independent commissioners, who heard Auckland Transport’s planning application, have unanimously recommended that Notices of Requirement (NoR) for the land be approved, subject to certain conditions. The commissioners accepted the CRL would result in significant overall benefits to the people and economy of Auckland.
The Mayor also welcomed the commissioners’ agreement with business leaders, such as the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, that the transport and wider benefits of the project are largely undisputed. “We agree with the Auckland Chamber of Commerce that this project is a ‘game breaker’. It is essential for the future of Auckland and in particular the CBD.”
The Mayor was particularly encouraged by the commissioners’ satisfaction that alternative sites, routes and construction methodologies for the project had been adequately considered.
The recommendation and related conditions will now be considered by Auckland Transport. AT has 30 working days to confirm, amend or withdraw the notices.