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Auckland Light Rail Project Information Release

The Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) 2018, identifies the transport priorities for Auckland - delivering the Auckland Light Rail project (City Centre to Māngere) is one of these. 

The Auckland Light Rail project refers to the future expansion of Auckland’s mass transit system, currently trains and buses, with a light rail network. Light rail is the name given to a range of options including trams, also known as street cars, which run on city streets, and light metro which runs on dedicated tracks separate to street traffic.

ATAP identified the City Centre to Māngere (CC2M) corridor as the first part of the light rail network to be developed, with expansion to the north and north-west to follow in the future. ATAP’s work was informed by research and planning undertaken by Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency over several years. Through this work, light rail was identified as the preferred mode for the corridor.

In January 2022, Ministers announced Cabinet’s decisions on a preferred way forward for the Auckland Light Rail project. This includes decisions on the Government’s preferred option and the approach to detailed project development, governance and delivery. This is in response to the recommendations that project sponsors received from the Establishment Unit.

Information on the Auckland Light Rail unit and further documents can be found here: https://www.lightrail.co.nz/light-rail/resources, with additional information available on the Ministry of Transport’s website: https://www.transport.govt.nz/area-of-interest/auckland/auckland-light-rail-project/