CRL ready to restart
New Zealand’s biggest infrastructure project, Auckland’s $4.45 billion City Rail Link will be back in action next week after a lot of desk-top planning for a quick re-start and pre-inspections of the site after five weeks.
“Because of our size we’re aware of the big role we have in quickly getting the economy moving again, supporting the contracting and infrastructure industries and seeing our workers safely back on the job,” says chief executive Dr Sweeny.
He says it too early to measure if the L4 lockdown has impacted on project costs or construction timetables.
“It may be months before we know that once the economy has settled down a bit and we have a clearer picture on the availability of workers, and what sort of shape some of our suppliers both here and overseas are in.
“I know we have a small team of workers waiting in France because there are no flights here at the moment – that’s not a lockdown issue that‘s a wider international COVID-19 issue.
“A big plus for the project was the ability of City Rail Link Ltd (CRL Ltd) and our Link Alliance contractors to be able to keep working on construction and design programmes during the lockdown – time wasn’t wasted and that’s been a big boost for our re-start.”