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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.

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 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 - Buses will replace trains between Onehunga and Penrose connecting to Southern line trains.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate between Newmarket and Pukekohe, buses will replace trains between Newmarket and Britomart.

Reason for line closure: Newmarket to Britomart is closed for maintenance to Sarawia Street crossing. Onehunga to Penrose is closed for works concerning Penrose Station.

View the Southern (including Onehunga) line timetable for 24 and 25 February 2018 (PDF 454KB).
View the Western line timetable for 24 and 25 February 2018 (PDF 426KB).

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.

Reason for line closure: Wiri to Pukehohe is closed for Takanini Motorway widening, formation and track work and Pukekohe Station upgrade.

View the Southern line timetable for 3 and 4 March 2018 (PDF 451KB).

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March 2018

  • Southern Line - Trains will operate between Pukekohe and Newmarket, buses will replace trains between Newmarket and Britromart.
  • 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 will replace trains between Newmarket and Britomart.

Reason for line closure: Newmarket to Britomart is closed for maintenance to Sarawia Street crossing.

View the Southern (including Eastern and Onehunga) line timetable for 10 and 11 March 2018 (PDF 73KB).
View the Western line timetable for 10 and 11 March 2018 (PDF 426KB).

Easter Weekend - Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April 2018

  • Southern Line - Buses will replace trains between Pukekohe and Britomart. Trains will operate on the Eastern line between Britomart and Manukau
  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains between Swanson and Britomart.
  • Eastern Line -  Trains will operate between Britomart and Manukau.
  • Onehunga Line - Buses will replace trains between Onehunga and Britomart.

Reason for line closure: Newmarket to Britomart is closed for maintenance to Sarawia Street crossing. Southern and Onehunga lines will be closed for track work between Penrose Junction and Britomart. Southern line between Wiri and Pukehohe is closed for Takanini Motorway widening, formation and track work and turnout point replacement work. Western line is closed for Cycleway and level crossing upgrades.

Please check back for the timetable.

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May 2018

  • Southern Line - Trains will operate between Otahuhu and Newmarket. Buses will replace trains from Britomart to Newmarket and from Otahuhu to Manukau/Pukekohe.
  • Western Line - Trains will operate between Swanson and Newmarket. Buses replace trains between Newmarket and Britomart.
  • Eastern Line -  Trains will operate between Britomart and Otahuhu. Buses will replace trains between Otahuhu and Manukau.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate between Onehunga and Newmarket. Buses will replace trains between Newmarket and Britomart.

Reason for line closure: Newmarket to Britomart is closed for maintenance to Sarawia Street crossing. Southern line between Otahuhu and Pukehohe is closed for Takanini Motorway widening, formation and track work and station upgrades to Takanini and Te Mahia stations.

Please check back for the timetable.

Queen's Birthday Weekend - Saturday 2 to Monday 4 June 2018

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

Reason for line closure: Newmarket to Britomart is closed for maintenance to Sarawia Street crossing. Southern line between Puhinui and Pukehohe is closed for Takanini Motorway widening. Western line is closed for Cycleway and level crossing upgrades.

Please check back for the timetable.

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 15 February 2018
Information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change.