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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

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 Panmure 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.

View the Southern (including Eastern and Onehunga) line train timetable for Friday 19, Saturday 20, Sunday 21 and Monday 22 April 2019 (PDF 606KB).

Saturday 4 May and Sunday 5 May 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 trackwork from Westfield to Pukekohe, the Otahuhu 3rd main project and pedestrian gating in the Takanini area.

Check back for timetables. 

Queen's Birthday - Saturday 1 June to Monday 3 June 2019

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

Reason for line closure: Southern and Eastern Lines will be closed for sleeper replacement between Papakura and Pukekohe, Otahuhu 3rd main project, pedestrian gates at Te Mahia, Puhinui upgrade pre-construction work and Takanini motorway widening.

Check back for timetables.

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 26 March 2019
Information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change.