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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. 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 4 April to Sunday 5 April 2020

  • Eastern Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Eastern line timetable for Saturday 4 April to Sunday 5 April 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Southern Line - Buses will replace trains between Otahuhu and Pukekohe. Trains will operate between Britomart and Otahuhu.

View the Southern line timetable for Saturday 4 April to Sunday 5 April 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Western Line -  Trains will operate as normal
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Eastern and Southern line blocked for Puhinui Station upgrade, Otahuhu Station project and track work.

Friday 10 April to Monday 13 April 2020

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Western line timetable for Friday 10 April to Monday 13 April 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Southern Line - Buses will replace trains between Penrose and Pukekohe. Trains will operate between Britomart and Penrose.

View the Southern line timetable for Friday 10 April to Monday 13 April 2020 (PDF 2MB)

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

View the Eastern line timetable for Friday 10 April to Monday 13 April 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Western line blocked for new track crossovers at Grafton, closing Porters Avenue level crossing, and modifications to signalling system. Western, Southern and Eastern lines blocked for CRL work, Avondale cycleway project, Otahuhu and Puhinui Station upgrades and KiwiRail trackwork. 

Sunday 26 April to Monday 27 April 2020

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

Reason for line closure: Southern and Eastern lines blocked for KiwiRail trackwork, Tamaki Drive shared path, and Puhinui Station upgrade. 

Saturday 9 May to Sunday 10 May 2020

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

Reason for line closure: Southern and Eastern line blocked for Puhinui Station work.

Saturday 16 May to Sunday 17 May 2020

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

Reason for line closure: Southern line blocked for Puhinui Station work and Western line blocked for CRL work and Mt Eden demolition.

Saturday 30 May to Monday 1 June 2020

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

Reason for line closure: Southern line blocked for Puhinui Station work and Western line blocked for CRL work and Mt Eden demolition.

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 April 2020
Information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change.