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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 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. 

Monday 19 October to Friday 23 October 2020

  • Southern Line - Buses replace trains from Manukau to Pukekohe until early evening. Trains will operate from Manukau to Britomart every 20 minutes during the day. From early evening, buses will replace all trains. 
  • Last train from Britomart to Manukau departs at 8pm. Last train from Manukau to Britomart departs at 7:14pm.

View the Southern line timetable for Monday 19 October to Friday 23 October 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate to a 30 minute timetable until early evening.
  • Last train departs Britomart at 7:48pm, and last train departs Onehunga at 7:56pm.

View the Onehunga line timetable for Monday 19 October to Friday 23 October 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate to a 20 minute timetable. Additional services will operate between Panmure and Britomart during the morning peak and afternoon peak to provide a 10 minute frequency.
  • On Friday 23 October, the last train from Britomart at 1:15am will operate as normal to Otahuhu, then be replaced by a bus. Passengers wanting to travel further will need to change to a rail replacement bus at Otahuhu.

View the Eastern line timetable for Monday 19 October to Thursday 22  October 2020 (PDF 2MB)
View the Eastern line timetable for Friday 23 October 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Western Line - Trains will operate to a 20 minute timetable. Additional services will operate during the morning peak and afternoon peak to provide a 10 minute frequency. 

View the Western line timetable for Monday 19 October to Friday 23 October 2020 (PDF 2MB)

Note: During the week some lines will close in the early evening and there will be additional closures over weekends to assist in speeding up the maintenance programme.

Reason for line closure: KiwiRail track work.

Saturday 24 October to Monday 26 October 2020

  • Southern Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Southern Line timetable for Saturday 24 October to Monday 26 October 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Onehunga Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Saturday 24 October to Monday 26 October 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains. 

View the Western Line timetable for Saturday 24 October to Monday 26 October 2020 (PDF 2MB)

Note: On Saturday 24 October 2020, Rail Bus Western stops on St Jude Street, Avondale, will be closed from 6am to 7pm. RBW will use stops at 122 Blockhouse Bay Road (8334) and 115 Blockhouse Bay Road (8331).

  • Eastern Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Saturday 24 October to Monday 26 October 2020 (PDF 2MB)

Reason for line closure: Western Line closed for Mt Eden Station work, Southern Line, Eastern Line and Onehunga Line closed for KiwiRail track work, Puhinui Station, and Avondale Underpass. 

Tuesday 27 October to Friday 30 October 2020

  • Southern Line - Buses replace trains from Manukau to Pukekohe. Trains will operate from Manukau to Britomart every 20 minutes during the day.

View the Southern line timetable for Tuesday 27 October to Friday 30 October 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate to a 20 minute timetable. Additional services will operate between Panmure and Britomart during the morning peak and afternoon peak to provide a 10 minute frequency.

View the Eastern line timetable for Tuesday 27 October to Friday 30 October 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Western Line - Trains will operate to a 20 minute timetable. Additional services will operate during the morning peak and afternoon peak to provide a 10 minute frequency. 

View the Western line timetable for Tuesday 27 October to Friday 30 October 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate to a 30 minute timetable.

View the Onehunga line timetable for Tuesday 27 October to Friday 20 October 2020 (PDF 2MB)

Note: During the week some lines will close in the early evening and there will be additional closures over weekends to assist in speeding up the maintenance programme.

Reason for line closure: KiwiRail track work.

Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November 2020

  • Southern Line - Buses replace trains from Manukau to Pukekohe. Trains will operate from Manukau to Britomart every 20 minutes during the day.
  • Western Line - Trains will operate as normal on Saturday 31 October and until evening on Sunday 1 November. From evening on Sunday 1 November, buses will replace trains from 9pm.

View the Western Line timetable for Sunday 1 November 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate to a 20 minute timetable. Additional services will operate between Panmure and Britomart during the morning peak and afternoon peak to provide a 10 minute frequency.

  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate to a 30 minute timetable.

Note: During the week some lines will close in the early evening and there will be additional closures over weekends to assist in speeding up the maintenance programme.

Reason for line closure: KiwiRail track work and CRL work.

Monday 2 November to Friday 6 November 2020

  • Southern Line - Buses replace trains from Manukau to Pukekohe. Trains will operate from Manukau to Britomart every 20 minutes during the day.

View the Southern line timetable for Monday 2 November to Friday 6 November 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate to a 20 minute timetable. Additional services will operate between Panmure and Britomart during the morning peak and afternoon peak to provide a 10 minute frequency.

View the Eastern line timetable for Monday 2 November to Friday 6 November 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Western Line - Monday to Thursday, buses will replace trains from 9pm. Trains will operate as normal on Friday 6 November.

  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate to a 30 minute timetable.

View the Onehunga line timetable for Monday 2 November to Friday 6 November 2020 (PDF 2MB)

Note: During the week some lines will close in the early evening and there will be additional closures over weekends to assist in speeding up the maintenance programme.

Reason for line closure: KiwiRail track work and CRL work.

Saturday 7 November and Sunday 8 November 2020

  • Western Line - Trains will operate as normal on Saturday 7 November. Buses will replace trains from 9pm on Sunday 8 November.
  • Eastern Line - Buses will replace trains between Panmure and Manukau. Trains will operate as normal between Britomart and Sylvia Park.
  • Southern Line - Buses will replace trains between Penrose and Pukekohe. Trains will operate as normal between Britomart and Penrose.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: KiwiRail track work.

Monday 9 November to Friday 13 November 2020

  • Southern Line - Buses replace trains from Manukau to Pukekohe. Trains will operate from Manukau to Britomart every 20 minutes during the day.

View the Southern line timetable for Monday 9 November to Friday 13 November 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate to a 20 minute timetable until early evening. Additional services will operate between Panmure and Britomart during the morning peak and afternoon peak to provide a 10 minute frequency. Buses will replace trains from from early evening between Panmure and Manukau. Trains will operate between Britomart and Sylvia Park.
  • Western Line - Monday to Thursday, buses will replace trains from 9pm.

  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate to a 30 minute timetable.

View the Onehunga line timetable for Monday 9 November to Friday 13 November 2020 (PDF 2MB)

Note: During the week some lines will close in the early evening and there will be additional closures over weekends to assist in speeding up the maintenance programme.

Reason for line closure: KiwiRail track work and CRL work.

Saturday 14 November and Sunday 15 November 2020

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains.
  • Eastern Line - Buses will replace trains.
  • Southern Line - Buses will replace trains.
  • Onehunga Line - Buses will replace trains.

Reason for line closure: All lines closed for Westfield Junction, and Wiri Junction upgrade. CRL construction work, Puhinui Station, cycleway and track work from Westfield South.

Monday 16 November to Friday 20 November 2020

  • Eastern Line - Buses will replace trains between Sylvia Park and Manukau after 8pm.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate as normal until early evening. After early evening, buses will replace trains between Penrose and Pukekohe.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Western Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: KiwiRail track work and Puhinui Station work.

Saturday 21 November and Sunday 22 November 2020

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

Reason for line closure: KiwiRail track work and Puhinui Station work.

Monday 23 November to Thursday 26 November 2020

  • Eastern Line - Buses will replace trains between Sylvia Park and Manukau after 9pm.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate as normal until 8pm. Buses will replace trains from 8pm.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal until 8pm. Buses will replace trains from 8pm.
  • Western Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: KiwiRail track work and Puhinui Station work. 

Monday 30 November to Friday 4 December 2020

  • Eastern Line - Buses will replace trains between Panmure and Manukau after 9pm.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate from Manukau via Newmarket until 8pm, then from Penrose to Britomart. Buses will replace trains from Manukau to Pukekohe, then Penrose to Pukekohe after 8pm.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Western Line - Trains will operate as normal until 8pm. Buses replace trains after 8pm.

Reason for line closure: KiwiRail track work

Saturday 5 December and Sunday 6 December 2020

  • Eastern Line - Buses will replace trains between Otahuhu and Manukau, and then Panmure to Manukau after 8pm.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate from Britomart to Otahuhu until 8pm, then from Britomart to Penrose. Buses will replace trains from Otahuhu to Pukekohe, then Penrose to Pukekohe after 8pm.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Western Line - Trains will operate as normal until 8pm. Buses replace trains from 8pm.

Reason for line closure: KiwiRail track work

Monday 7 December to Friday 11 December 2020

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate as normal until 8pm. Buses will replace trains after 8pm.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate as normal from Britomart to Manukau until 8pm. After 8pm buses will replace trains from Britomart to Pukekohe.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal until 8pm. Buses will replace trains after 8pm.
  • Western Line - Trains will operate as normal until 8pm. Buses will replace trains after 8pm.

Reason for line closure: AMR and Puhinui Station work.

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