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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 will display 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

The following are a list of confirmed closures to allow for important improvements and maintenance on the rail network.

Note: Dates are subject to change.

Saturday 8 August to Sunday 9 August 2020

Rail replacement bus services for Saturday 8 August and Sunday 9 August will not be shown in the Journey Planner and AT Mobile. Refer to PDF timetables below.

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Western line timetable for Saturday 8 August to Sunday 9 August 2020 (PDF 2MB)

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

View the Southern line timetable for Saturday 8 August to Sunday 9 August 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Onehunga Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Onehunga line timetable for Saturday 8 August to Sunday 9 August 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Western Line closed for Mt Eden construction enabling work, single line running work and cycleway work. 

Saturday 15 August and Sunday 16 August 2020

Rail replacement bus services for Saturday 15 August and Sunday 16 August will not be shown in the Journey Planner and AT Mobile. Refer to PDF timetables below.

  • From 7pm Saturday until end of service and from 7pm Sunday until end of service buses will replace trains on all lines.

View the Southern line timetable for Saturday 15 August and Sunday 16 August 2020 (PDF 2MB)
View the Eastern line timetable for Saturday 15 August and Sunday 16 August 2020 (PDF 2MB)
View the Western line timetable for Saturday 15 August 2020 (PDF 2MB)
View the Western line timetable for Sunday 16 August 2020 (PDF 2MB)
View the Onehunga line timetable for Saturday 15 August and Sunday 16 August 2020 (PDF 2MB)

Reason for line closure: Signal system upgrade testing. 

Saturday 22 August to Sunday 23 August 2020

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Western line timetable for Saturday 22 August to Sunday 23 August 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Western line blocked for CRL work.

Monday 24 August to Thursday 27 August 2020

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains after 8:30pm. Last train from Swanson will depart at 8:40pm, and last train from Britomart will depart at 8:22pm.

View the Western line timetable for Monday 24 August to Thursday 27 August 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Western line blocked for CRL work at Mt Eden.

Saturday 29 August 2020

  • Eastern Line - Buses will replace trains between Panmure and Manukau until 2pm. Trains will operate as normal between Britomart and Sylvia Park.

View the Eastern line timetable for Saturday 29 August 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Southern Line - Buses will replace trains between Penrose and Pukekohe until 2pm. Trains will operate as normal between Britomart and Penrose.

View the Southern line timetable for Saturday 29 August 2020 (PDF 3MB)

  • Western Line - Buses will replace some trains between Britomart and Morningside between 6pm and 9pm. 

View the Western line timetable for Saturday 29 August 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Wiri Junction upgrade, Puhinui station redevelopment and track work between Wiri and Pukekohe.

Monday 7 September to Thursday 10 September 2020

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains from 8:30pm. Last train from Swanson will depart at 8:40pm, and last train from Britomart will depart at 8:22pm.

View the Western line timetable for Monday 7 September to Thursday 10 September 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Buses will replace trains from 9pm.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Western Line closed for Mt Eden construction enabling work and Eastern Line for Puhinui Station upgrade work.

Saturday 12 September to Sunday 13 September 2020

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Western line timetable for Saturday 12 September to Sunday 13 September 2020 (PDF 2MB)

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

Reason for line closure: Western Line closed for Mt Eden construction enabling work, cycleway, and rail and sleeper replacements. Puhinui Station and Wiri Junction work will affect Southern and Eastern line. 

Monday 14 September to Thursday 17 September 2020

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains from 8:30pm. Last train from Swanson will depart at 8:40pm, and last train from Britomart will depart at 8:22pm.

View the Western line timetable for Monday 14 September to Thursday 17 September 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Western Line closed for Mt Eden construction enabling work.  

Saturday 19 September to Sunday 20 September 2020

  • All lines: Between 7pm Saturday and last service on Sunday, there will be no trains for control systems testing.
  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Western line timetable for Saturday 19 September to Sunday 20 September 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate as normal until 7pm Saturday. Last train will depart Manukau at 7:03pm and Britomart at 7:16pm.

View the Eastern line timetable for Saturday 19 September to Sunday 20 September 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Southern Line - Trains will operate as normal until 6pm Saturday. Last train will depart Papakura to Britomart at 6:54pm and Britomart to Papakura at 7pm. Last train will depart Pukekohe to Papakura at 6:43pm, and Papakura to Pukekohe at 7:44pm.

View the Southern line timetable for Saturday 19 September to Sunday 20 September 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal until 7pm Saturday. Last train will depart Britomart and Onehunga at 7:18pm.

View the Onehunga line timetable for Saturday 19 September to Sunday 20 September 2020 (PDF 2MB)

Reason for line closure: Western Line closed for Mt Eden construction enabling work, cycleway, and Eastern line closed for rail and sleeper replacements. 

Saturday 26 September to Sunday 27 September 2020

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

Reason for line closure: Western Line closed for Mt Eden construction enabling work, cycleway, and Eastern line closed for rail and sleeper replacements. 

Monday 28 September 2020

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

Reason for line closure: Eastern line closed for rail and sleeper replacements. 

Tuesday 29 September to Thursday 1 October 2020

  • Eastern Line - Buses will replace trains between Britomart and Otahuhu from 9pm.
  • Western Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Eastern line closed for rail and sleeper replacements. 

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