Owners of businesses blighted by the Auckland City Rail Link construction site say they need promised urgent payments from the $12 million hardship fund to pay the leases on their shops, Stuff reports. The fund was set up following media coverage of businesses closing, with owners saying the constant noise, dirt, narrow gloomy pedestrian alleyways and growing anti-social behaviour in the streets around the construction site had driven shoppers away. City Rail Link is the largest transport infrastructure project in New Zealand, and is expected to be complete by 2024.

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