Businesses impacted by construction of Auckland’s City Rail Link want $50 million

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“The major Albert Street/Victoria Street intersection closure, which is happening at the end of the month for a period of two years, will bring more significant impact to the area.”

Wood says Heart of the City wants $50 million in compensation to local businesses. He was unable to attend the demonstration due to commitments outside of Auckland. 

“The work is ongoing and I’ve been in discussion with officials, ministerial colleagues, CRLL [City Rail Link Limited] and Auckland Council on these issues,” Wood told Newshub.  

“The previous Government did not create a process or budget for business compensation when the project was first set up, so given this and the scale of the request, we are carefully working through it.”

In a letter to Heart of the City obtained by Newshub, Wood says while he couldn’t “predetermine” the outcome of compensation considerations, he will contact Heart of the City “as soon as I can provide a clear response”.

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