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Buses replace some trains - September Buses replace some trains - September

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. 

Note: Dates are subject to change. 

Monday 21 September to Friday 25 September 2020

  • Onehunga Line - Buses will replace trains between Onehunga and Britomart.
    A rail bus will operate between Onehunga and Britomart stopping at all stations on the Onehunga line, departing Onehunga every 30 minutes between 6:50am and 9:50pm Monday to Thursday and until 12:20am on Friday.

View the Onehunga line timetable for Monday 21 September to Friday 16 October 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Southern Line - Buses will replace trains between Otahuhu and Britomart. Trains will operate between Papakura and Britomart via the Eastern line, stopping at all stations.
    A rail bus will operate between Otahuhu and Britomart stopping at all stations on the southern line. An express rail bus will operate between Otahuhu and Newmarket, stopping at Ellerslie only and return. This service will be every 10 minutes between 6:20am and 7:30pm.
    An additional rail bus service will operate between Britomart and Middlemore stopping at all stations departing at 7:15am, 7:25am, 7:35am, 7:45am and return trips from Middlemore at 3:15pm, 3:25pm, 3:35pm, 3:45pm
    Note: Rail bus replacements do not stop at Parnell

View the Southern line timetable for Monday 21 September to Friday 25 September 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Western Line -  Buses will replace trains from 7:30pm. Last train from Swanson will depart at 8:07pm, and the last train from Britomart will depart at 7:32pm to Swanson and 7:52pm to Henderson.

View the Western line timetable for Monday 21 September and Tuesday 22 September 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Western line closed for construction enabling work at Mt Eden as part of the City Rail link project and cycleway work. Southern and Onehunga lines closed as part of the KiwiRail upgrade programme.

Saturday 26 September to Sunday 27 September 2020

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Western line timetable for Saturday 26 September and Sunday 27 September 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Southern Line - Buses will replace trains between Otahuhu and Britomart. Trains will operate between Pukekohe, Papakura and Britomart via the Eastern Line, stopping at all stations.

View the Southern line timetable for Saturday 26 September and Sunday 27 September 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Onehunga Line - Buses will replace trains between Onehunga and Britomart.

View the Onehunga line timetable for Saturday 26 September and Sunday 27 September 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Western Line closed for Mt Eden construction enabling work, cycleway, Southern and Onehunga lines closed as part of the KiwiRail upgrade programme.

Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October 2020

  • Onehunga Line - Buses will replace trains between Onehunga and Britomart.
    A rail bus will operate between Onehunga and Britomart stopping at all stations on the Onehunga line, departing Onehunga every 30 minutes between 6:50am and 9:50pm Monday to Thursday and until 12:20am on Friday.

View the Onehunga line timetable for Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Southern Line - Buses will replace trains between Otahuhu and Britomart. Trains will operate between Papakura and Britomart via the Eastern line, stopping at all stations.
    A rail bus will operate between Otahuhu and Britomart stopping at all stations on the southern line. An express rail bus will operate between Otahuhu and Newmarket, stopping at Ellerslie only and return. This service will be every 10 minutes between 6:20am and 7:30pm.
    An additional rail bus service will operate between Britomart and Middlemore stopping at all stations departing at 7:15am, 7:25am, 7:35am, 7:45am and return trips from Middlemore at 3:15pm, 3:25pm, 3:35pm, 3:45pm
    Note: Rail bus replacements do not stop at Parnell

View the Southern line timetable for Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains after 8pm from Monday to Thursday. Last train from Swanson will depart at 8:07pm, and the last train from Britomart will depart at 7:32pm to Swanson and 7:52pm to Henderson.

View the Western line timetable for Monday 28 September to Thursday 1 October 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Buses will replace trains between Otahuhu and Manukau after 8pm from Monday to Friday. The last train from Britomart to Manukau will depart at 7:45pm, and the last train will depart Manukau at 7:59pm. 

View the Eastern Line timetable for Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October 2020 (PDF 2MB)

Reason for line closure: Western Line closed for Mt Eden construction enabling work. Eastern, Southern and Onehunga lines closed as part of the KiwiRail upgrade programme.

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 27 July 2020 | Last updated 24 September 2020
Information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change