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Walk the Tunnels event a great success says City Rail Link

Published: 20 November 2019

The City Rail Link project is thanking Aucklanders for their support after Sunday’s successful Walk the Tunnels open day.

Thousands of people walked the 600 metres through the first section of the twin rail tunnels adjoining the Britomart station in lower Queen Street. 

“It was a tremendously successful and positive day and it was very clear everyone enjoyed themselves,” says City Rail Link Ltd’s Chief Executive,  Dr Sean Sweeney.  

“The City Rail Link is Aucklanders’ project, after all,  and it was great opportunity to open the door a wee bit and give them a sneak inside of what they can expect when the project finishes in five years.”

Dr Sweeney describes the large turnout as a big plus for the project.

“I want to thank everyone who came along – it was a great demonstration of support for our work and the engineering skills behind it.”  

Dr Sweeney has thanked Auckland Transport for its support for the Walk the Tunnel event – the Britomart station was used as the entry and exit point for the underground walk. 

“AT’s co-operation was a key part of a successful day.  They helped us make sure people got the best from the walk, while keeping the city’s train services running smoothly.”

CRL construction in lower Queen Street, suspended for the Walk the Tunnels event, has now resumed.

Construction of CRL will be completed in five years and Dr Sweeney says there will be other opportunities to welcome Aucklanders on site.

“We will have a lot more to show people in the years ahead, and we know from the feedback we received yesterday that there is tremendous enthusiasm to visit us again.”   

Visit the CRL website for more information.


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