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In order to continue the upgrade of Auckland's rail network, there are times when trains will not operate. During these closures train services will be replaced by bus.


Upgrades on the rail network are generally undertaken on weekends and public holidays when there are fewer people travelling.

During these planned closures, replacement buses and special timetables will operate. 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.

Note: Please be advised, replacement buses do not stop at Parnell Station or Meadowbank Station.

Upcoming closures

This is to allow for important improvements and maintenance work on the rail network

Saturday 2 March and Sunday 3 March 2019

  • Southern Line -  Trains will operate between Britomart and Penrose. Buses will replace trains between Penrose and Pukekohe.
  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate between Britomart and Sylvia Park. Buses will replace trains between Panmure and Manukau.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Western Line -  Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: On the Southern/Eastern lines there will be Sleeper replacement and mud spots removal between Westfield and Papakura, turnout replacements at Westfield Junction, construction of the third platform pedestrian gate at Otahuhu and the Takanini Motorway Project.

View the Southern (including Onehunga and Eastern) line train timetable for Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March 2019 (PDF 75KB).

Saturday 23 March and Sunday 24 March 2019

Saturday 23 March 2019

  • Western Line -  Buses replace trains between Britomart and Swanson.
  • Southern Line -  Trains will operate as normal.
  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Sunday 24 March 2019

  • Western Line -  Buses replace trains between Britomart and Swanson.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate between Britomart and Papakura. Buses replace trains between Papakura and Pukekohe.
  • Eastern Line -Trains will operate as normal.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: The Southern line will be closed for sleeper replacement work. Western Line will be closed for pedestrian gating and cycleway work.

View the Southern line train timetable for Sunday 24 March 2019 (PDF 68.6KB).
View the Western line train timetable for Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March 2019 (PDF 51KB).

Easter - Friday 19, Saturday 20, Sunday 21 and Monday 22 April 2019

  • Southern Line - Buses will replace trains between Britomart and Pukekohe.
  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate between Britomart and Sylvia Park. Buses will replace trains between Sylvia Park and Manukau.
  • Onehunga Line - Buses will replace trains between Britomart and Onehunga.
  • Western Line -  Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: The Southern, Eastern and Onehunga line will be closed for turnout replacements at Westfield Junction, pedestrian crossing upgrades, track maintenance, the Otahuhu 3rd main project, Puhinui station upgrade project, Takanini motoway widening project and Papatoetoe and Papakura station work.

Timetable will be available soon.

More information on rail maintenance

  • We try to do most work at night:
    • There are some types of major construction or maintenance work that cannot be completed during these hours.
  • Some upgrades can only be done by day:
    • As it would be unsafe during darkness, or the work would be too noisy for nearby residents.
  • During rail closures:
    • Sections of track may be lifted and repaired or replaced.
    • Structural maintenance may be completed on rail bridges, tunnels or platforms.
    • The work may involve major utilities crossing the rail corridor.
    • Overhead power supply for the electric trains is shut down for everyone's safety.
  • The best time to do rail maintenance:
    • Repairs and maintenance are generally scheduled for times when the fewest passengers will be travelling.
  • Replacement buses are provided to get you where you need to go.

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


Last updated 18 February 2019
Information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change.