Auckland Transport

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 at weekends and public holidays when there is usually fewer people travelling.

During these planned closures, replacement Rail Bus services and special timetables will operate.

Note: Please be advised, rail bus replacements do no stop at Parnell Station.

Upcoming closures

This is to allow for important improvements and maintenance work on the rail network.

Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November 2017

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

View the Southern line (includes Eastern and Onehunga lines) timetable for 18 and 19 November 2017 (PDF 453KB).

View the Western line timetable for 18 and 19 November 2017 (PDF 425KB).

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December 2017

  • Southern Line - Buses will replace trains between Papakura and Pukekohe.
  • Trains will operate on all other lines.

View the Southern line timetable for 2 and 3 December 2017 (PDF 450KB).

Christmas and New Year holiday period

Monday 27 December 2017 to Friday 5 January 2018

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

Please check back for the timetable.

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 January 2018

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains between Britomart and Swanson.
  • Eastern Line -  Trains will operate between Manukau and Britomart.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate between Penrose (platform 1) and Newmarket. Buses will replace trains between Newmarket and Britomart, and Onehunga and Penrose.
  • Southern Line - Buses will replace trains between Manukau and Pukekohe, trains will operate between Newmarket and Manukau.

Please check back for the timetable.

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 January 2018

  • Southern Line - Buses will replace trains between Papakura and Pukekohe.
  • Trains will operate on all other lines.

Please check back for the timetable.

Auckland Anniversary Weekend - Saturday 27 to Monday 29 January 2018

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

Please check back for the timetable.

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February 2018

  • Western Line - Trains will operate between Swanson and Newmarket, buses replace trains between Newmarket and Britomart.
  • Eastern Line -  Trains will operate between Manukau and Britomart.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate between Onehunga and Newmarket, buses replace trains between Newmarket and Britomart.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate between Newmarket and Manukau, buses will replace trains between Newmarket and Britomart.

Please check back for the timetable.

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March 2018

  • Southern Line - Trains will operate between Britomart and Manukau, buses will replace trains between Manukau and Pukekohe.
  • Trains will operate on all other lines.

Please check back for the timetable.


Facts about 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.

Rail buses

For more information:

Note: Buses cannot accommodate bikes, scooters or large personal items.


Last updated 8 November 2017
Information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change.