Update: March 2019
In May 2018, the Minister of Transport mandated the NZ Transport Agency to lead the delivery of the City Centre to Māngere Light Rail (CC2M) on an accelerated basis.
To prepare to deliver CC2M, the Transport Agency immediately established an integrated project team with Auckland Transport (AT), Auckland Council, and HLC to appropriately leverage the knowledge and skill sets of these organisations. The initial focus was to develop an indicative business case (IBC) by December 2018 in line with the Transport Agency's best practice guidelines to support an accelerated delivery of the project.
To meet this timeline, the Transport Agency and its partners adopted the scheme developed by AT within the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) and constrained development of the scheme to fit with the mandate of accelerated delivery.
An indicative business case (IBC) is being developed and shared with our project partners, including the Ministry of Transport (MoT), for review and feedback. Further work is required to progress the IBC to a detailed business case, including the completion of the MoT/Treasury review and key decisions from the Transport Agency Board.
The project team engaged with the Transport Agency Board while developing the CC2M IBC.
NZ Infra, being a joint venture of New Zealand Super Fund (NZSF) and CDPQ Infra have presented an unsolicited alternative approach to fund, design, build and operate light rail in Auckland, based on a public-public investment model.
This is currently being reviewed by the MoT and Treasury. The project team have been supporting this review.
Until the MoT and Treasury review of the NZ Infra unsolicited proposal is complete, key decisions arising from the IBC cannot be submitted to the Transport Agency Board for endorsement as it would be inappropriate to consider it in isolation.
To provide certainty as soon as possible the government requested the MoT and Treasury provide their advice on alternative funding, delivery and operating models in March 2019. Market engagement was temporarily deferred during this time. This advice has now been received by the Ministers and is being considered.
Parts of the indicative business case will be available on this website in the future, with some redactions for commercial sensitivities and to avoid undue harm to affected people as per the Privacy Act.