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Buses replacing some trains on 17 March

Buses will replace some trains this Sunday 17 March to allow work associated with electrification and upgrading of rail stations to continue.  

Sunday 17 March 

  • Western Line – buses replace all trains
  • Onehunga Line – buses replace all trains
  • Southern Line – buses replace all trains
  • Eastern and Manukau Line – open 

Replacement rail bus services will be provided on the day and special timetables will be in place for them. Buses will be marked Rail Bus. All valid tickets and passes currently accepted on trains can be used on rail bus replacements.

For full details go to or phone 09 366 6400. Details are also available at all rail stations. 

KiwiRail is carrying out maintenance at Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson which will involve an excavator and closing some of the road. They will also be checking overhead electric lines at several points along the rail network. This work can only be carried out when trains are not running.   

Upgrade work at Mt Albert Station will also be carried out.  

Given the significant amount of work to be done, closures on Auckland's rail network will be a regular occurrence for the foreseeable future. The next scheduled network closure is Easter weekend from Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April 2013. 

For more details on the upgrade of the rail network visit

Media release: 15 March 2013