16 Mar 2015

Second Auckland harbour crossing step closer

4:15 pm on 16 March 2015

A second harbour crossing in Auckland is a step closer, as transport officials begin work to decide the route.

Auckland Harbour Bridge

Photo: 123RF

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has asked the Transport Agency to put together a business case that includes construction dates and possible funding options.

The Government said in 2013 that its preferred option was a tunnel under the harbour from Auckland's viaduct to the North Shore.

The Transport Agency estimated the crossing would cost between $4 and $6 billion and could include heavy rail.

The crossing would probably be needed between 2025 and 2030, depending on freight and traffic growth.

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