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Future works on the Auckland rail network Future works on the Auckland rail network

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.

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


Labour Weekend - Saturday 20 to Monday 22 October 2018

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

Reason for line closure: Southern and Eastern lines will be closed for Takanini Motorway widening, sleeper replacement and trackwork (distressing, mudspots and removal of Papatoetoe level crossing). Western line will be closed for level crossing upgrades.

Saturday 17 and 18 November 2018

  • Southern Line - Trains will operate between Newmarket and Manukau. Buses will replace trains from Britomart to Newmarket and from Manukau to Pukekohe.
  • Western Line - Trains will operate between Swanson and Newmarket. Buses will replace trains between Newmarket and Britomart.
  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate between Panmure and Manukau. Buses will replace trains between Panmure and Britomart.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate between Onehunga and Newmarket. Buses will replace trains between Newmarket and Britomart.

Reason for line closure: Britomart access will be blocked due to track work at The Strand and between Britomart and Orakei. The line between NewMarket and Britomart will also be affected by this. Southern lines will be closed for Takanini Motorway widening, sleeper replacement and trackwork.

Check back for timetable.

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 9 October 2018
Information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change.