The Link Alliance, including VINCI Construction Grands Projets (lead company) and Soletanche Bachy International, subsidiaries of VINCI Construction, and their partner Downer, plus designers Aecom, WSP-Opus and Tonkin & Taylor have signed the contract for lots 5 and 7 for the City Rail Link programme in Auckland, New Zealand.
Lot C5 includes the construction of two structures (grade-separated junctions) and 2 km of new track, to be constructed while maintaining traffic on the North Auckland Line. Lot C7 includes installation of power supply, overhead lines, signalling and the control system for the entire City Rail Link.
At a total cost of NZD 4.419 billion (US$ 2.92 billion), the City Rail Link project will double the number of people able to reach Auckland's city centre within 30 minutes. This new train line is designed to accommodate 54,000 passengers per hour during peak hours or the equivalent capacity of two motorways with four lanes in each direction.