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Buses Replacing Trains Over Labour Weekend

Buses Replacing Trains Over Labour Weekend
Last reviewed: 29/11/2010 11:03 a.m.

19 October 2010  

Preparing the rail network for electrification and carrying out vital track work means buses will be taking over on some train services over Labour Weekend.  

Bus replacements will be in operation from Saturday 23rd to Monday 25th October on the: 
  • Western Line:   Britomart to Newmarket Southern Line: 
  • Britomart to Newmarket, and Otahuhu to Papakura
  • Onehunga Line:  Britomart to Newmarket
  • Eastern Line:  Britomart to Papakura (via Glen Innes and Sylvia Park) 
The Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA), Customer Services General Manager, Mark Lambert says “The works are primarily focused around preparing the network for electrification between Otahuhu and Papakura and ongoing track and signaling work at Britomart, being carried out by KiwiRail.
“Electrification works involve installing new signaling, putting in the traction masts and ensuring there is enough clearance underneath bridges for the overhead wires.
“Maintenance work involves laying new sleepers, building platform extensions, as well as keeping the rail corridor tidy.
“Passengers should look out for RAIL BUS signs at affected stations, and where buses replace trains, normal train fares will apply for the entire journey.  Passengers should also allow extra time for their journey.
“Passengers who have free train travel with event tickets such as the Rugby ITM Cup Auckland v Tasman game at Eden Park on Sunday 24th October, can still travel for free on bus replacements.
“Additional train and rail-bus services are being provided for the game and a shuttle bus direct between Britomart and Kingsland will be running as well.
“Simply show your match ticket, or Eden Park membership card for free transport. Please retain your ticket for the return journey to ensure you get free transport on the way back.”
For more details on rail services and rail bus replacements, please call MAXX on 3666 400 or visit