Auckland Transport

Buses replace trains on some April weekends

Buses will replace trains on parts of the rail network for the next two weekends in preparation for major upgrades and a full closure during Easter.  

The closures are necessary to allow KiwiRail and Auckland Transport to continue upgrading the rail network and prepare it for electrification.  

Buses replacing trains (Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April)

  • Southern Line: Britomart to Papakura (via Newmarket)  
  • Eastern Line: Otahuhu to Papakura
  • Onehunga Line: Britomart to Onehunga.   

Buses replacing trains (Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April) 

  • Southern Line: Britomart to Otahuhu (via Newmarket)
  • Onehunga Line: Britomart to Onehunga.

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

The closures are to allow ongoing work to prepare for electrification of the rail network. The upcoming work will include signalling on the Southern Line between Newmarket and Westfield, as well as putting in foundations and masts on the Western and Onehunga Lines. There are also platform extension works being carried out at Remuera, Greenlane, Otahuhu and Papatoetoe stations.

Greenlane Station is closed between 16 April to 1 May while the platform work is carried out. Passengers who normally use this station will be encouraged to use Remuera or Ellerslie stations or one of the many bus services that operate from nearby.

For the duration of the closure, rail monthly passes will be accepted on the Metrolink and Waka Pacific buses that stop near the station.

For people using public transport to go to the Warriors game at Mt Smart Stadium this Saturday, buses will replace trains. For the Blues Super Rugby game at Eden Park on 16 April, buses will replace trains between Otahuhu and Newmarket.

Given the significant amount of work to be done, closures on Auckland's rail network will be a regular occurrence for the foreseeable future. Works are generally scheduled to minimise disruption to peak-hour commuter services and carried out at weekends, public holidays, and evenings when there are usually fewer people travelling.

For Easter Weekend the full rail network will be shut from Friday 22 April until midnight, Monday 25 April. In addition, the rail line between Penrose and Newmarket will shut down at 8pm, Thursday 21 April. Buses will replace trains between these stations. Buses will replace trains, except on Good Friday.

For more details on the upgrade of the rail network visit  

Media release: 8 April 2011