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Buses replace trains this Queen's Birthday weekend

Auckland’s rail network will be closed this Queen’s Birthday Weekend to allow major works associated with the ongoing upgrade of stations and electrification of the rail network.

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 are also available at stations.

With the planned rail network closure people going to watch Auckland Blues and NZ Warriors are advised to plan their travel early. 

Saturday 2 June – full network closure

Auckland Blues vs Waikato Chiefs, North Harbour Stadium

Rail replacement buses will replace all trains. Travel on special event services and rail bus replacement buses is free with a pre-purchased game ticket from 3 hours prior to kick-off, until the end of service.

Sunday 3 June – full network closure

NZ Warriors vs Melbourne Storm, Mt Smart

Extra rail replacement buses will operate to Penrose Station. Normal fares apply. 

Monday 4 June – full network closure 

Tuesday 5 June – rail network open

Please be aware that following operational changes at Papakura and the introduction of a new signalling system between Wiri and Papakura, there may be additional minor delays to services on Tuesday.

Works taking place in the weekend include general track maintenance; overhead wire installation for electrification and graffiti removal.

At Papakura Station, Auckland Transport and KiwiRail are taking advantage of the closure to switch to new signalling systems and carry out work which will modernise the station and prepare it for electrification.

On Saturday, the Papakura Signal Box will close to be replaced by an automated signalling system. Platform three will be demolished and the heritage wooden station building will close ready to be relocated to the west side of the station. KiwiRail is replacing turnouts, upgrading stabling road and removing tracks from the three west sidings.

On the Eastern Line scaffolding at Morrin Road bridge will be removed, potholing, geotech and foundation works will take place at Mt Wellington and preparatory works at Orakei Bridge to extend the walkway under the bridge will be carried out. 

KiwiRail will be testing overhead lines along the Onehunga Branch line for electrification. The public are advised to stay clear of the rail track and overhead lines.

At Britomart two retaining walls will be demolished to allow for more turnouts and reconfiguration of tracks within the tunnel to allow more train services in and out in the 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 more details on the upgrade of the rail network visit

Media release: 29 May 2012