Auckland Transport has broken ground on the $2.5bn City Rail Link (CRL) project in New Zealand.
The project includes the construction of 3.4km twin tunnels up to 42m below the city streets, using a 7.5m diameter tunnel boring machine.
The rail link will also involve two new underground stations at Aotea and Karangahape Road and a re-developed Mount Eden Station.
Auckland Transport chairman Dr Lester Levy said: “It will change the look and feel of Auckland setting the city up for future growth. Making public transport a better travel choice will ease pressure on roads for those who need to use them.”
Work on the project is expected to last for five and a half years. Upon completion, the project would almost double the number of people on the trains to 30,000 an hour at peak times.
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