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 23 and Sunday 24 September 2017

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

View the Southern & Eastern Line (includes Onehunga) train timetable for 23 & 24 September 2017 (PDF 459KB)

Labour weekend - Saturday 21 to Monday 23 October 2017

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

Please check back for the timetable.

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.

Please check back for the timetable.

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December 2017

  • Southern Line- Buses will replace trains between Papakura 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 18 September 2017
Information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change.