COMMENT:

Auckland's $4.4 billion City Rail Link will transform the heart of our country's biggest city.

It will finally open up the Britomart Station cul-de-sac and promises to make travel within the central city – and to and from West Auckland - much more convenient.

It's likely that when it's finished in the middle of next decade, Aucklanders will wonder why it took 50 years for Sir Dove-Myer Robinson's vision of a rapid transit system to get on the move.

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There has, undoubtedly, been some pain along the way.

As well as causing delays for motorists attempting to cross parts

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