Contract awarded for $60M New Zealand interchange

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A NZD $60 million (about $56 million) rail and bus interchange will be built at Puhinui in Auckland, New Zealand, to connect transport to the airport and South Auckland.

The Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) contract has been awarded to joint venture McConnell Dowell and Built Environs.

The joint venture will be an integral part of the design phase before construction begins in late 2019.

McConnell Dowell and Built Environs will work closely with Auckland transport to deliver a safe, innovative, sustainable transport network for the region.

“It’s fantastic to have the McConnell Dowell – Built Environs Joint Venture involved early so we can focus on delivering the upgraded Puhinui Station Interchange,” Auckland Transport Chief Executive Shane Ellison said.

The project works include demolishing the existing Puhinui Station footbridge and the construction of a bus area including a shelter, drop-off parking, cycle shelter, landscaping, an elevated concourse, a ticket gate line, and staff and retail facilities.

“Together, McConnell Dowell and Built Environs have a strong track record of delivering rail

rojects such as the Western Program Alliance, Gold Coast Light Rail, City Rail Link Contract 2 and the North Melbourne Station Upgrade,” McConnell Dowell Managing Director for New Zealand and Pacific, Fraser Wyllie said.

“By early 2021 we’ll have a modern, new interchange at Puhinui, with direct, fast and frequent bus services running every 10 minutes along priority lanes,” Mr Ellison said.

The station is expected to have direct and frequent connections to the airport with busses running every 10 minutes along priority lanes.

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