NEW ZEALAND: Project promoter City Rail Link Ltd has selected the Systems Integration, Testing & Commissioning Alliance joint venture of RCR Tomlinson and design partners Opus International Consultants for the interim project alliance agreement covering railway systems for the City Rail Link project in Auckland.

SITC will work with CRL, Auckland Transport and KiwiRail to develop a proposal. If this is successful, a project alliance agreement is expected to be signed off by May 2019.

Due to open in 2024, the 3·4 km CRL will connect the current Britomart terminus with the Western Line at Mt Eden. Two underground stations would be built at Aotea and Karangahape Road, and Mt Eden station is to be rebuilt. The tunnels would be a mix of cut-and-cover and bores.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place in June 2016 and last month City Rail Link Ltd issued the request for proposals for the main stations and tunnels contract.