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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

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 6 July to Thursday 9 July 2020

  • Eastern Line - After 7:13pm, buses will replace trains between Britomart and Otahuhu. Trains will operate as normal between Otahuhu and Manukau and before 7:13pm on the whole line. 
  • Note: The Rail Bus from Panmure to Britomart will depart a temporary stop opposite Stop C Panmure Interchange. Buses towards Sylvia Park and Otahuhu will continue to use Stop C.

View the Eastern line timetable for Monday 6 July to Thursday 9 July 2020 (PDF 2MB)

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

Reason for line closure: Eastern line blocked for Puhinui Station upgrade and Otahuhu third main work.

Friday 10 July 2020

  • A Monday to Thursday timetable will operate for Friday 10 July. Friday only services shown in the journey planner and on printed timetables will not operate.

Saturday 11 July to Sunday 12 July 2020

  • Eastern Line - Buses replace trains. 

View the Eastern line timetable for Saturday 11 July to Sunday 12 July 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Note: The Rail Bus from Panmure to Britomart will depart from a temporary stop opposite Stop C Panmure Interchange. Buses towards Sylvia Park and Otahuhu will continue to use Stop C.
  • Southern Line - Buses replace trains between Otahuhu and Pukekohe. Trains will operate as normal between Britomart and Otahuhu.

View the Southern line timetable for Saturday 11 July to Sunday 12 July 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Western Line - Buses replace trains.

View the Western line timetable for Saturday 11 July to Sunday 12 July 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal on Saturday. Sunday only: Buses replace trains between Onehunga and Penrose, customers can then connect to Southern line trains to and from Britomart.

View the Onehunga line timetable for Sunday 12 July 2020 (PDF 2MB)

Reason for line closure: Western Line closed for Mt Eden single line running work, Eastern Line blocked between Britomart and Otahuhu (all day) for KiwiRail track upgrade and Onehunga Line block (Sunday only) for vegetation clearance. Southern and Eastern Line blocked south of Otahuhu for Puhinui upgrade. 

Monday 13 July to Wednesday 15 July 2020

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate to a modified timetable.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate to a modified timetable.
  • Western Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Southern and Eastern line trains will operate to a modified timetable for Otahuhu work.

Thursday 16 July 2020

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate to a modified timetable.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate to a modified timetable.
  • Western Line - Trains will operate as normal until 9:30pm. Buses will replace trains from 9:30pm on the entire line, a reduced rail bus timetable will operate with limited capacity.

View the Western line timetable for Thursday 16 July 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Southern and Eastern line trains will operate to a modified timetable for Otahuhu work. Western line closed for Mt Eden single line running work.

Friday 17 July 2020

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains on the entire line, a reduced rail bus timetable will operate with limited capacity.

View the Western line timetable for Friday 17 July 2020 (PDF 2MB)

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

Reason for line closure: Western line blocked for Mt Eden single line running work.  

Saturday 18 July to Sunday 19 July 2020

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Western line timetable for Saturday 18 July to Sunday 19 July 2020 (PDF 2MB)

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

Reason for line closure: Western line blocked for Mt Eden single line running work.  

Monday 20 July to Thursday 23 July 2020

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate to a modified timetable from 9pm.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate to a modified timetable from 9pm.
  • Western Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Southern and Eastern line trains will operate to a modified timetable for Otahuhu work.   

Saturday 25 July 2020

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Western line timetable for Saturday 25 July 2020 (PDF 2MB)

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

Reason for line closure: Western line blocked for Mt Eden single line running work.  

Saturday 1 August to Sunday 2 August 2020

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

Reason for line closure: Southern and Eastern Lines blocked south of Westfield for Puhinui Station Upgrade, Westfield and Wiri Junctions upgrades and track work Otahuhu to Papakura.

Saturday 8 August to Sunday 9 August 2020

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Western line timetable for Saturday 8 August to Sunday 9 August 2020 (PDF 2MB)

  • Southern Line - Buses will replace trains between Britomart and Otahuhu. Trains will operate between Otahuhu and Pukekohe.
  • Onehunga Line - Buses will replace trains.
  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Western Line closed for Mt Eden construction enabling work, single line running work and cycleway work. 

Saturday 15 August and Sunday 16 August 2020

  • From 7pm Saturday until end of service and 7pm Sunday until end of service buses will replace trains on all lines.

View the Southern line timetable for Saturday 15 August and Sunday 16 August 2020 (PDF 2MB)
View the Eastern line timetable for Saturday 15 August and Sunday 16 August 2020 (PDF 2MB)
View the Western line timetable for Saturday 15 August and Sunday 16 August 2020 (PDF 2MB)
View the Onehunga line timetable for Saturday 15 August and Sunday 16 August 2020 (PDF 2MB)

Reason for line closure: Signal system upgrade testing. 

Saturday 22 August to Sunday 23 August 2020

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains.

View the Western line timetable for Saturday 22 August to Sunday 23 August 2020 (PDF 2MB)

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

Reason for line closure: Western line blocked for CRL work.

Monday 24 August to Thursday 27 August 2020

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains after 9pm.
  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Western line blocked for CRL work at Mt Eden.

Saturday 29 August to Sunday 30 August 2020

  • Eastern Line - Buses will replace trains.
  • Southern Line - Buses will replace trains.
  • Western Line - Trains will operate as normal. 
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Wiri Junction upgrade, Puhinui station redevelopment and track work between Wiri and Pukekohe.

Monday 7 September to Thursday 10 September 2020

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains from 9pm.
  • Eastern Line - Buses will replace trains from 9pm.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Western Line closed for Mt Eden construction enabling work and Eastern Line for Puhinui Station upgrade work.

Saturday 12 September to Sunday 13 September 2020

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

Reason for line closure: Western Line closed for Mt Eden construction enabling work, cycleway, and rail and sleeper replacements. Puhinui Station and Wiri Junction work will affect Southern and Eastern line. 

Monday 14 September to Thursday 17 September 2020

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains from 9pm.
  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Western Line closed for Mt Eden construction enabling work.  

Saturday 19 September to Sunday 20 September 2020

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains.
  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • All lines: Between 9pm Saturday and 4am Sunday, there will be no trains for control systems testing.

Reason for line closure: Western Line closed for Mt Eden construction enabling work, cycleway, and Eastern line closed for rail and sleeper replacements. 

Saturday 26 September to Sunday 27 September 2020

  • Western Line - Buses will replace trains.
  • Eastern Line - Buses will replace trains between Britomart and Otahuhu. Trains will operate between Otahuhu and Manukau.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Western Line closed for Mt Eden construction enabling work, cycleway, and Eastern line closed for rail and sleeper replacements. 

Monday 28 September 2020

  • Eastern Line - Buses will replace trains.
  • Western Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Eastern line closed for rail and sleeper replacements. 

Tuesday 29 September to Thursday 1 October 2020

  • Eastern Line - Buses will replace trains between Britomart and Otahuhu from 9pm.
  • Western Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Southern Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: Eastern line closed for rail and sleeper replacements. 

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 9 July 2020
Information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change.