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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 23 November to Friday 27 November 2020

  • Eastern Line - From evening onwards, buses will replace trains between Panmure and Manukau, and trains will operate between Britomart and Sylvia Park.

View the Eastern Line train timetable from Monday 23 November to Friday 27 November 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Southern Line - Trains will operate on a 20 minute frequency between Papakura and Britomart. After early evening, buses will replace trains between Britomart and Pukekohe.

View the Southern Line train timetable from Monday 23 November to Friday 27 November 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 train timetable from Monday 23 November to Thursday 26 November 2020 (PDF 2MB)

View the Western Line train timetable for Friday 27 November 2020 (PDF 2MB)

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

View the Onehunga Line train timetable from Monday 23 November to Friday 27 November 2020 (PDF 2MB)

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

Saturday 28 November and Sunday 29 November 2020

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate to a modified timetable.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Saturday 28 November 2020 (PDF 2MB)
View the Eastern Line timetable for Sunday 29 November 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Southern Line - Trains will operate to a modified timetable.

View the Southern Line timetable for Saturday 28 November 2020 (PDF 2MB)
View the Southern Line timetable for Sunday 29 November 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate to a modified timetable.

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Saturday 28 November 2020 (PDF 2MB)
View the Onehunga Line timetable for Sunday 29 November 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Western Line - Trains will operate to a modified timetable.

View the Western Line timetable for Saturday 28 November 2020 (PDF 2MB)
View the Western Line timetable for Sunday 29 November 2020 (PDF 2MB)

Note: No lines are closed, trains will be operating to a modified timetable on Saturday and to accommodate the Farmers Santa Parade on Sunday.

Monday 30 November to Friday 4 December 2020

  • Eastern Line - From evening onwards, buses will replace trains between Panmure and Manukau, and trains will operate between Britomart and Sylvia Park. Last train from Britomart to Manukau will depart at 7:45pm, and last train from Manukau to Britomart will depart at 8:01pm.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Monday 30 November to Friday 4 December 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Southern Line - Trains will operate on a 20 minute frequency between Papakura and Britomart. After early evening, buses will replace trains between Penrose and Pukekohe. Last train from Britomart to Papakura will depart at 7:30pm, and last train from Papakura to Britomart will depart at 7:36pm.

View the Southern Line timetable for Monday 30 November to Friday 4 December 2020 (PDF 2MB)

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

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Monday 30 November to Friday 4 December 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. From early evening, trains will be replaced by buses. Last train from Britomart to Swanson will depart at 7:32pm, to Henderson at 7:52pm, and from Swanson to Britomart at 8:05pm.

View the Western Line timetable for Monday 30 November to Friday 4 December 2020 (PDF 2MB)

Reason for line closure: KiwiRail track work and evening work between Westfield and Puhinui.

Saturday 5 December and Sunday 6 December 2020

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate from Britomart to Otahuhu, and then Britomart to Sylvia Park from evening onwards. Buses will replace trains between Otahuhu and Manukau, and then Panmure to Manukau from evening onwards. 

View the Eastern Line timetable for Saturday 5 December and Sunday 6 December 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Southern Line - Trains will operate from Britomart to Otahuhu until evening, then from Britomart to Penrose. Buses will replace trains from Otahuhu to Pukekohe, then Penrose to Pukekohe from evening onwards.

View the Southern Line timetable for Saturday 5 December and Sunday 6 December 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Western Line - Trains will operate to a 20 minute timetable. From early evening, trains will be replaced by buses.

View the Western Line timetable for Saturday 5 December and Sunday 6 December 2020 (PDF 2MB)

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

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Saturday 5 December and Sunday 6 December 2020 (PDF 2MB)

Reason for line closure: KiwiRail track work

Monday 7 December to Friday 11 December 2020

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate as normal until evening. Buses will replace trains from evening onwards.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Monday 7 December to Friday 11 December 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Southern Line - Trains will operate from Manuaku to Britomart until evening. Buses will replace trains from evening onwards.

View the Southern Line timetable for Monday 7 December to Friday 11 December 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate to a 30 minute timetable until evening. Buses will replace trains from evening onwards.

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Monday 7 December to Friday 11 December 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Western Line - Trains will operate to a 20 minute timetable. From early evening, buses will replace trains between Britomart and Newmarket.

View the Western Line timetable for Monday 7 December to Friday 11 December 2020 (PDF 2MB)

Reason for line closure: AMR and Puhinui Station work, evening work at Britomart, on the Newmarket line, and between Westfield and Puhinui.

Saturday 12 December and Sunday 13 December 2020

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate between Britomart and Otahuhu until evening. Buses will replace trains between Otahuhu and Manukau, then between Britomart and Manukau from evening onwards.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate between Britomart and Otahuhu until evening. Buses will replace trains between Otahuhu and Pukekohe, then between Britomart and Pukekohe from evening onwards.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate to a 30 minute timetable until evening. Buses will replace trains from evening onwards.
  • Western Line - Trains will operate to a 20 minute timetable. From early evening, trains will be replaced by buses between Britomart and Newmarket and trains will operate between Newmarket and Swanson.

Reason for line closure: Evening work at Britomart, on the Newmarket line, and south of Otahuhu. 

Monday 14 December to Friday 18 December 2020

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate until evening. Buses will replace trains between Otahuhu and Manukau from evening onwards.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate between Britomart and Pukekohe until evening. Buses will replace trains between Otahuhu and Pukekohe from evening onwards.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate to a 30 minute timetable.
  • Western Line - Trains will operate to a 20 minute timetable.

Reason for line closure: Evening work at Britomart, on the Newmarket line, and south of Otahuhu for Puhinui Station work.

Monday 21 December to Wednesday 23 December 2020

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate between Britomart and Manukau until evening. Buses will replace trains between Otahuhu and Manukau from evening onwards.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate between Britomart and Pukekohe until evening. Buses will replace trains between Otahuhu and Pukekohe from evening onwards.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate.
  • Western Line - Trains will operate between New Lynn and Britomart, then buses will replace trains between Swanson and New Lynn.

Reason for line closure: Evening work between Swanson and Glen Eden, and south of Otahuhu for Puhinui Station work.

Thursday 24 December 2020

  • Western Line - Trains will operate between New Lynn and Britomart, then buses will replace trains between Swanson and New Lynn.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate.
  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate.

Reason for line closure: Evening work between Swanson and Glen Eden.

Friday 25 December 2020

  • Southern Line - Trains will operate to a special timetable.
  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate.
  • Onehunga Line - Buses will replace trains.
  • Western Line - Trains will operate between New Lynn and Britomart, then buses will replace trains between Swanson and New Lynn.

Reason for line closure: Work between Swanson and Glen Eden.

Saturday 26 December to Wednesday 30 December 2020

  • Southern Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Southern Line timetable for Saturday 26 December to Wednesday 30 December 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Saturday 26 December to Wednesday 30 December 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Onehunga Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Saturday 26 December to Wednesday 30 December 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Western Line timetable for Saturday 26 December to Wednesday 30 December 2020 (PDF 2MB)

Reason for line closure: Full network closure.

Thursday 31 December 2020

  • Southern Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Southern Line timetable for Thursday 31 December 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Thursday 31 December 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Onehunga Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Thursday 31 December 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Western Line timetable for Thursday 31 December 2020 (PDF 2MB)

Reason for line closure: Full network closure.

Friday 1 January to Monday 4 January 2021

  • Southern Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Southern Line timetable for Friday 1 January to Monday 4 January 2021 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Friday 1 January to Monday 4 January 2021 (PDF 2MB)

  • Onehunga Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Friday 1 January to Monday 4 January 2021 (PDF 2MB)

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Western Line timetable for Friday 1 January to Monday 4 January 2021 (PDF 2MB)

Reason for line closure: Full network closure.

Tuesday 5 January to Friday 8 January 2021

  • Southern Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Southern Line timetable for Tuesday 5 January to Friday 8 January 2021 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Tuesday 5 January to Friday 8 January 2021 (PDF 2MB)

  • Onehunga Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Tuesday 5 January to Friday 8 January 2021 (PDF 2MB)

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Western Line timetable for Tuesday 5 January to Friday 8 January 2021 (PDF 2MB)

Reason for line closure: Full network closure.

Saturday 9 January to Sunday 10 January 2021

  • Southern Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Southern Line timetable for Saturday 9 January to Sunday 10 January 2021 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Saturday 9 January to Sunday 10 January 2021 (PDF 2MB)

  • Onehunga Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Saturday 9 January to Sunday 10 January 2021 (PDF 2MB)

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Western Line timetable for Saturday 9 January to Sunday 10 January 2021 (PDF 2MB)

Reason for line closure: Full network closure.

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 26 November 2020
Information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change.