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Buses replace Trains this Weekend

Media Release: Thursday 28 July

Auckland’s rail network will be closed this weekend to allow KiwiRail and Auckland Transport to carry out a major installation of signalling equipment and prepare the network for electrification.

Train services will be affected from 8pm on Friday 29 July, with a progressive ramp-down of services until the full closure takes effect from 10pm.  

The entire network will also be closed to trains on Saturday and Sunday, with two early-morning services from Otahuhu also affected on Monday morning. 

Replacement rail bus services will be provided and special timetables will be in place, including additional special rail bus services to the Warriors game on Sunday. 

For full details go to .  Details will also be available at stations.

People attending the Warriors match at Mt Smart on Sunday can take special rail bus services departing from Britomart and Papakura to Penrose Station. 

Friday 29 July

  • Buses will replace many train services from 8pm and all train services from 10pm

Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July

  • Buses replace all trains

Monday 1 August buses will replace:

  • The 5.10 am service from Otahuhu to Britomart via Glen Innes

  • The 5.17 am service from Otahuhu to Britomart via Newmarket

For more details on the upgrade of Auckland’s rail network, visit