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Buses replace some trains on Onehunga and Southern Lines this weekend

Buses will replace all trains on the Onehunga, and the Southern Lines this weekend. 

The Western Line will remain open and the Eastern and Manukau line between Otahuhu and Britomart via Glen Innes will also remain open. 

These closures are required to enable KiwiRail and Auckland Transport to carry out major works associated with the on-going upgrade and electrification of Auckland's rail network.

Replacement rail bus services will be provided during the closure and special timetables will be in place for them.  For full details go to   Details are also available at stations.

Saturday 3 and 4 November – rail bus replacements

  • Onehunga Line – closed
  • Southern Line – closed    

Please be aware that there may be minor delays to services next week to allow for the weekend works to settle in. 

During the closure earthing and bonding work, signaling work and installation of overhead wires for electrification will be carried out from Newmarket to Westfield.  Platform improvement works are continuing at Penrose and Greenlane stations while along the Onehunga line work continues in preparation for electrification.  

Along the Southern line, KiwiRail is constructing a new third main line near Cavendish Drive, Manukau. Guard conductors, which keep electric wires from touching the underside of bridges, will be installed under the Middlemore and Puhinui footbridges.  Also at Middlemore, cantilevers and anchors for electric wires will be installed.

The major improvement programme at Papakura Station is on track.  Construction of foundations for overhead wire masts, signaling work and platform drainage works on the island platform will be done this weekend.

For more details on the upgrade of the rail network visit .

Media release: 2 November 2012