Australian-listed Downer EDI has won one of the first construction contracts for Auckland’s $2.5 billion City Rail Link.
Downer has joined forces with French specialist geotechnical and civil engineering company Soletanche Bachy to build part of the CRL.
The city rail link will have twin 3.4km tunnels up to 42 metres below the inner-city’s streets to create an underground line linking Britomart with the existing western line near Mt Eden.
Boring machines will be used to create the tunnels and new train stations will be built at Aotea Sq and Karangahape Rd.
It is estimated it will take five-and-a-half years to build the CRL, which has been divided into four work packages – a decision AT made after consulting with international rail constructors and experts.
I understand that we don’t necessarily have the experts lying around locally, but New Zealand companies can hire them. Why are we pushing all that money into overseas balance sheets? Read more »