Grey Lynn tunnel

The tunnel will connect to the Orākei main and Grey Lynn sewers.
Start-finish: Late 2022 – 2024
Location: Western Springs to Tawariki Street, Grey Lynn
Status: Planning

What’s happening?

The works at the Tawariki Street site will commence in 2023 as part of the Central Interceptor project. The tunnel will be created (by machine) 15-60 metres underground from an existing site at Western Springs.

A new construction site will be required at Tawariki site, where we will create a shaft to extract the machine once tunnelling is complete, and connect into local sewers which are at capacity when it rains. The main works at this site will be the shaft construction which is expected to take eight months to complete. The total construction will take approximately two and a half years to complete which will include, operational structures, removal of the tunnelling machine, closing the shaft and  commissioning the tunnel.

Details of the works will be confirmed closer to the time of construction.

What are the benefits?

  • A reduction in diluted wastewater overflows in the Grey Lynn area, resulting in better water quality and surrounding environment

  • It will help cater for the growing Auckland population, now and for the next 100 years

  • To enable future connections and continued improvements to the wastewater system in the area

  • The tunnel will be constructed by tunnel boring machine underground to limit effects on residents along the pipeline route.

How will this work affect you?

  • Work hours at the shaft sites will be between 7am-6pm Monday to Friday, and 8am-6pm Saturday

  • At the Tawariki site, the works will involve up to 5 truck movements an hour during peak construction, specifically during the creation of the shaft

  • There will be some noise and traffic effects around construction sites, however we will ensure this is kept within Auckland Council consent requirements

  • Traffic management will be in place at the Tawariki site and on truck routes to minimise safety risks to road users. The works may at times affect street parking.

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Any questions?

Please contact:
Jennifer Charteris
Stakeholder advisor
Phone: 021979803
Email: GreyLynnTunnel@water.co.nz

More information

Grey Lynn Tunnel wastewater upgrades flyer (February 2018)