Major changes to Auckland’s city centre around the corner

Last Updated : 28 Jan 2020
Major changes to Auckland’s city centre around the corner
Aotea CRL station concept

Construction in the city centre will ramp up from the start of 2020 as the next phase of the city centre development programme gets underway.

“Auckland’s city centre is experiencing an unprecedented level of development and investment,” says Mayor Phil Goff.

“Transformational projects such as the City Rail Link, Quay Street enhancement, Wynyard Common, Karangahape Road upgrade, High Street and more will help accommodate Auckland’s population growth and ensure our city develops as a vibrant destination for people.

“The scale of these developments means interim disruption is inevitable during the delivery phase; however, the legacy they leave will be more than worthwhile—a world-class city centre that Aucklanders are proud of and that enables us to fulfil our role as New Zealand’s internationally competitive city.”

Construction on the City Rail Link’s tunnels and the new Aotea and Karangahape Stations will accelerate in the new year. Several long-term road closures, partial closures and diversions are planned around Wellesley Street, Victoria Street, Pitt Street and Beresford Square.  (The Wellesley and Victoria Streets will not be closed at the same time)

Mt Eden Station will be closed from June 2020 until 2024, allowing for underground tunnelling and a complete upgrade of the station itself.

“The works along Albert Street between Wyndham and Wellesley Streets will be the first of a number of significant construction activities, so Aucklanders will need to be prepared and flexible as the CRL progresses,” says Dr Sean Sweeney, Chief Executive, City Rail Link Limited.

“We are working with Link Alliance and Auckland Transport (AT) to reduce disruption and ensure pedestrians, cyclists, public transport and road users can continue to move safely around the city centre.”

Auckland Transport’s Mark Lambert, Executive General Manager of Integrated Networks, says the closure of Wellesley Street in 2020 will inevitably be disruptive but we have plans to help people move around the city while this work is underway.

“While we regret the disruption this will cause, we will be providing information about alternative ways to get around the city.

"These are projects which will change the shape of Auckland, and we encourage people to plan ahead, and find different ways to commute.”

AT’s plans include the introduction of new bus priority lanes within the city centre and a new bus service between Mt Eden and Newmarket.

A public information campaign will start to let people know about closures and route changes and to suggest better ways to get around town from January 2020.

Summary of major road closures

  • Victoria Street – partial closure to one lane in each direction, from Federal Street to Elliott Street: January 2020 to March 2020
  • Wellesley Street – full closure of intersection with Albert Street: March 2020 for at least one year.
  • Mayoral Drive - vehicle access from Wellesley Street: March 2020 to 2024
  • Pitt Street – partial closure from Vincent Street to Karangahape Road: January 2020 to July 2021
  • Beresford Square – permanent closure from January 2020
  • Mt Eden Road – partial closure from Water Street to Enfield Street: July 2020 to June 2021
  • Mt Eden Station – full closure from (trains will continue to run but will not be stopping): June 2020 to December 2024
  • Victoria Street – full closure of intersection with Albert Street: January 2021 to July 2022.

Auckland’s Future in Progress

Auckland is going through a period of unprecedented change as we mature into a world-class city; one that has been thoughtfully designed for the changing way we use our city, and to sustain significant population growth over the coming years.

The work happening across Auckland now will benefit us all in the future. From better public transport, to connected communities, to a stronger focus on protecting and enjoying our beautiful natural environment, Tāmaki Makaurau will be a city for all Aucklanders.

Find out what’s happening and follow the progress at

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