On Sunday tens of thousands of people turned out for the opening ceremony for Auckland’s 2.4km, $1.4 billion Waterview Tunnel.
Prime Minister Bill English addressed media and spectators at the opening ceremony and paid tribute to all those who had worked hard to bring the project to life. Then thousands of pedestrians and cyclists – who booked the event out within hours – made their way through the tunnel.
The massive roading project was earmarked to open at Easter, but holdups due to a fault with the tunnel’s jet fan and water extraction pump system have meant vehicles won’t be allowed in until early July.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges touted the tunnel as the biggest change to Auckland traffic flows since the opening of the Harbour Bridge.