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Auckland light rail


The Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) has committed to providing light rail between the City Centre and Māngere and to Auckland’s northwest within the next ten years (2018-2028). The NZ Transport Agency is leading the development of a business case for the City Centre to Māngere line with the support of our partners Auckland Council (AC), Auckland Transport (AT), and HLC.

Light rail is like a tramway but runs on its own dedicated right-of-way. This means it isn’t affected by traffic speeds and congestion. It will likely have fewer stops than buses, but greater capacity and more frequent, reliable services. Light rail will help to unlock critical housing and urban development opportunities, giving communities better access to jobs, health, education and recreation.

It is a first for New Zealand that will provide a modern integrated public transport system with seamless connections and helping make Auckland’s transport network comparable with international cities like Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Vancouver and Portland.

More details about the City Centre to Māngere line, including a preferred route, cost and funding, are being finalised and will be released later this year. We will shortly be conducting industry engagement for the Auckland Light Rail programme.

We are committed to early, proactive and consistent engagement with communities along the route throughout the planning, procurement, design and delivery of light rail.

Key facts – City Centre to Māngere Light Rail line

  • The route options for the City Centre to Māngere Corridor are subject to the business case currently under way, however it will connect Queen Street in Auckland’s city centre with Dominion Road, Mount Roskill, Onehunga and Māngere.
  • Parts of this alignment will run on-street, primarily along Dominion Road and Queen Street and other parts may have dedicated corridors, similar to the Northern Busway.
  • Light rail will work alongside the Southwest Gateway programme to support travel to, from and around the airport for people and freight.
  • The Southern Gateway Programme is prioritising a bus/rail interchange and rapid transit corridor between the existing Puhinui Rail Station and the airport.
  • A rapid transit connection from the airport to Botany town centre will connect people to the city and east.
  • The City Centre to Māngere line will connect with this expanding rapid transit network.


  • More reliable – as light rail runs on a dedicated corridor separated from other traffic.
  • Better access – easier for passengers to get on and off, compared to buses and heavy rail.
  • More choice and better connections – light rail connects seamlessly with other transport modes such as heavy rail, buses, and shared walking and cycling paths to give people more choice about how they get around their city.
  • Reduced bus congestion – without light rail, bus congestion on key arterials such as Dominion Road, will increase to levels that affect reliability.
  • Supports sustainable growth and enables urban development – the light rail network will support sustainable growth by enabling development of the land along the route, including housing and development that results in vibrant, liveable communities.
  • Improved amenity – light rail is an attractive, modern mode of transport that will help to create high amenity communities with better access to health services, jobs, schools and recreation.

Market engagement

The NZ Transport Agency is leading the procurement and delivery of the Auckland light rail programme with the support of our partners. To support the development of our procurement strategy, we will conduct market engagement with interested suppliers and industry participants in August 2018.

Engagement commenced with an industry briefing in Auckland, New Zealand on Tuesday 31 July 2018. You can download pdf versions of the powerpoint presentation and tender brochure from the industry briefing.

Auckland light rail presentation [PDF, 2.7 MB]
Auckland light rail tender brochure [PDF, 505 KB]

We are currently organising and holding market engagement meetings in Auckland and Sydney with local and international participants who have delivery expertise and capability in the following categories relevant to light rail:

  • Professional services providers
  • Civil works and infrastructure contractors
  • Rolling stock, systems, operations and maintenance providers
  • Infrastructure investors and financiers

If you have any queries about market engagement for the Auckland light rail project, please contact the project team on