Vic Tunnel Changes


The layout of roads and footpaths at the busy Victoria Street West and Franklin Road intersection in central Auckland is being changed so that construction of the Victoria Park tunnel can start at the intersection.

Victoria Street West will loop into Victoria Park, while the bottom of Franklin Road will turn in front of the Birdcage tavern and have its entry/exit on Union Street. The changes will be in place for approximately six months.
Footpaths are also changing to give pedestrians safe routes around the work site.
To minimise disruption to drivers and pedestrians, the intersection will be closed overnight on Sunday, to allow contractors to make the layout changes in time for people to use them the following morning.

Victoria Park Tunnel work in front of the Birdcage tavern this week

NZTA’s State Highways Manager for Auckland & Northland, Tommy Parker, says the agency’s priority is to ensure that motorists and pedestrians can continue to have safe access through the work site.
“The intersection is a live construction zone and we urge everyone using it to do so with extra care,” Mr Parker added. “
It is going to be the scene of intensive activity over the next few months as critical underground services are relocated, the tunnel construction ramps up, and the Birdcage is strengthened ready for its temporary move up Franklin Road later in the year.”
Mr Parker said the NZTA and its partners in the Victoria Park Tunnel Alliance appreciate the support they have from their neighbours during construction of a challenging inner-city project and everything possible is being done to reduce disruptions. ‘
We’ve ensured that the new intersection layout, for example, will not affect people’s access to the New World supermarket,” he added.
The nights of Monday and Tuesday, 10 and 11 May, are contingency nights if the weather is wet or there are uncompleted works.




  1. anthony says:

    When is it due to be completed? before the world cup?

  2. max says:

    No, none of the car ferries with the Rugby World Cup punters and their vehicles on them will berth in Whangarei, so this project can take a wee little longer.

    I.e., the timeline is completion in 2012.

    And I have a friend who lives close by and can’t sleep very will right now - I told him he’s in for a few hard years.

  3. jarbury says:

    I thought it was meant to be done for the RWC? You know, for all those tourists who’ll be bringing their cars with them on the plane.

  4. curtissd says:

    I’d like to see a tram service run through here, under the Vic Park Viaduct to the tank farm area. It could even connect to the mototat tram service. The route, going from the Tank Farm, under Vic Park viaduct, up Napier Ln, Hepburn, Williamson Ave, Tuarangi to the Motat line.

  5. ingolfson says:

    “I thought it was meant to be done for the RWC?”

    Their website says 2012.

  6. Jon C says:

    It was never ever said that it would be done for the RWC - physically impossible,
    It was always said the project will be completed in 2012 – but thats ahead of the original four-year schedule.
    I’ve mentioned it several times eg
    The date was brought forward not back.


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