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Buses replace some trains - July Buses replace some trains - July

There are times when trains will not operate on the Auckland rail network due to maintenance, services will be replaced by a rail bus.


Rail replacement bus services are shown in the Journey Planner and AT Mobile app as bus services. 

Thursday 16 July 2020

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains Thursday night. The last train service from Britomart will depart at 8:22pm, and the last train service from Swanson at 8:40pm. A reduced rail bus timetable will operate with limited capacity.

View the Western line timetable for Thursday 16 July 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate.

Reason for line closure: Western line closed for Mt Eden single line running work.

Friday 17 July 2020

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains on the entire line, capacity on rail bus replacements may be limited during peak hours.
    Alternative travel is available on scheduled bus services. Frequent services operate between New Lynn and the city via Great North Rd. And between Avondale and the city via New North Rd.

View the Western line timetable for Friday 17 July 2020 (PDF 2MB)

Find out more on alternative travel options from train stations.

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Western line blocked for Mt Eden single line running work.  

Saturday 18 July to Sunday 19 July 2020

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Western line timetable for Saturday 18 July to Sunday 19 July 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Western line blocked for Mt Eden single line running work.  

Saturday 25 July 2020

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Western line timetable for Saturday 25 July 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Western line blocked for Mt Eden single line running work.  

Replacement buses

Rail replacement bus services are shown in the Journey Planner and AT Mobile app as bus services. They will have the route codes RBS, RBW, RBO, RBE for Rail Bus Southern, Rail Bus Western, Rail Bus Onehunga and Rail Bus Eastern. All valid tickets and passes currently accepted on trains will be accepted on rail bus replacements.

For more information on rail bus services and rail bus stop locations visit Bus replacements or Train station maps.

Please note: Buses cannot accommodate bikes, scooters or large personal items.


Published 29 June 2020 | Last updated 13 July 2020
Information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change