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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 have 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

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

Sunday 27 and Monday 28 October 2019

  • Southern Line -  Trains will operate between Britomart and Penrose. Buses will replace trains between Penrose and Pukekohe.

View the Southern line timetable for Sunday 27 and Monday 28 October 2019 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate between Britomart and Sylvia Park. Buses will replace trains between Panmure and Manukau.

View the Eastern line timetable for Sunday 27 and Monday 28 October 2019 (PDF 2MB)

  • Western Line -  Buses will replace trains. 

View the Western line timetable for Sunday 27 and Monday 28 October 2019 (PDF 2MB)

  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: CRL work Grafton to Kingsland, Puhinui Interchange and Otahuhu 3rd Platform, track work between Westfield and Pukekohe, and Taka Street Level Crossing. 

Saturday 30 November 2019

  • Southern Line -  Trains will operate between Newmarket and Papakura. Buses will replace trains between Britomart and Newmarket.
  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate between Newmarket and Onehunga. Buses will replace trains between Britomart and Newmarket.
  • Western Line -  Trains will operate between Newmarket and Swanson. Buses will replace trains between Britomart and Newmarket.

View the timetable for Saturday 30 November 2019 (PDF 2MB)

Reason for line closure: Track work on Newmarket branch line.

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December 2019

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate between Otahuhu and Manukau. Buses will replace trains between Britomart and Otahuhu.

View the Eastern line timetable for Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December 2019 (PDF 2MB)

  • Southern Line -  Trains will operate as normal
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal
  • Western Line -  Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Eastern line closed for track work (rerailing & resleepering) including The Strand.

Thursday 26 December 2019

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

Reason for line closure: Eastern and Southern lines closed for Otahuhu 3rd platform work.

Friday 27 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020

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

Reason for line closure: Western Line closed for CRL interim works, rerailing and/or resleepering at 10 locations and cycleway early preparations. Southern Line and Eastern Line closed south of Westfield for Otahuhu 3rd platform work and Puhinui Interchange, and rerailing and sleeper replacement between Papakura and Pukekohe.

Thursday 2 January to Sunday 5 January 2020

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

Reason for line closure: Sleeper replacement work.

Monday 6 January to Sunday 12 January 2020

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate to a reduced frequency/weekend timetable.
  • Southern Line -  Trains will operate to a reduced frequency/weekend timetable.
  • Western Line -  Trains will operate as normal.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Single platform at Otahuhu for sleeper replacement work.

Saturday 18 January to Sunday 19 January 2020

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

Reason for line closure: Western Line blocked for CRL single line running work.  Southern and Eastern Lines blocked from Westfield to Pukekohe for Otahuhu and Puhinui station works.

Saturday 1 February to Sunday 2 February 2020

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

Reason for line closure: Southern line blocked for track work and Otahuhu 3rd platform.

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 16 October 2019
Information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change.