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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.

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

Christmas/New Year - Thursday 27 December 2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019

  • Southern Line -  Buses will replace trains between Pukekohe and Britomart.
  • Onehunga Line - Buses will replace trains between Onehunga and Britomart.
  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains between Swanson and Britomart.
  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate to a holiday timetable.

Reason for line closure: Southern line between Papakura and Pukekohe will be closed for track work and motorway widening. Penrose to Newmarket is closed for track formation work. Western Line is closed for track, formation work, cycleway preparations and City Rail Link (CRL) work for The Strand Crossover.

Auckland Anniversary Weekend - Saturday 26 to Monday 28 January 2019

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

Reason for line closure: Southern line between Wiri and  Pukekohe will be closed for track work and motorway widening, Newmarket to Britomart will be closed for The Strand crossover work and the Western Line is closed for level crossing work.

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Saturday 9 February and Sunday 10 February 2019

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

Reason for line closure: Newmarket Branch Line works and works on the tracks outside the Britomart tunnel including rerail / resleeper, mudspot removal in the Parnell tunnel, detailed bridge inspections and City Rail Link (CRL) work for The Strand Crossover.

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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 3 December 2018
Information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change.