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Media Release: Buses Replace Some Trains

Media Release: Buses Replace Some Trains
Last reviewed: 4/04/2011 2:41 p.m.

Buses replace some trains this weekend


21 February 2011 

Buses will replace trains on the Onehunga Line and the Southern Line from Otahuhu to Britomart this weekend. 

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 26 and Sunday 27 February:

  • 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 www.maxx.co.nz   Details will also be available at stations. Please note that bikes can’t be taken on rail bus services.

Auckland Transport and KiwiRail understand replacing buses with trains causes some disruption and work hard to minimise the impacts wherever possible.

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.

Following this weekend, the next rail line closures will be on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March on the Eastern Line.

For more details on the upgrade of the rail network visit www.kiwirail.co.nz .