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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 7 July 2019

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

Reason for line closure: The Southern/Eastern lines are closed for the Otahuhu 3rd main project and Papakura to Pukekohe for track maintenance.

Check back for timetables. 

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July 2019

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

Reason for line closure: Track formation repairs in the Parnell tunnel.

Check back for timetables. 

Sunday 21 July 2019

  • Southern Line -  Trains will operate to a special timetable (30 minute frequency) between Britomart and Papakura. Buses will replace trains between Papakura and Pukekohe. 
  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate between Britomart and Sylvia Park. Buses will replace trains between Panmure and Manukau.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Western Line -  Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: The Southern/Eastern lines are closed for the Otahuhu 3rd main project and Papakura to Pukekohe for track maintenance.

Check back for timetables.

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August 2019

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

Reason for line closure: The Southern/Eastern lines are closed for the Otahuhu 3rd main project, Puhinui station upgrade, Takanini Motorway widening, and Papakura to Pukekohe for track maintenance.

Check back for timetables.

Sunday 18 August 2019

  • Southern Line -  Trains will operate to a special timetable (30 minute frequency) between Britomart and Papakura. Buses will replace trains between Papakura and Pukekohe. 
  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate between Britomart and Sylvia Park. Buses will replace trains between Panmure and Manukau.
  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate as normal.
  • Western Line -  Trains will operate as normal.

Reason for line closure: The Southern/Eastern lines are closed for the Otahuhu 3rd main project and Papakura to Pukekohe for track maintenance.

Check back for timetables. 

Sunday 1 September 2019

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

Reason for line closure: The Southern/Eastern lines are closed for the Otahuhu 3rd main project and Papakura to Pukekohe for track maintenance.

Check back for timetables. 

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September 2019

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

Reason for line closure: The Southern/Eastern lines are closed for the Otahuhu 3rd main project and Papakura to Pukekohe for track maintenance.

Check back for timetables. 

Sunday 6 October 2019

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

Reason for line closure: The Southern/Eastern lines are closed for the Otahuhu 3rd main project and Papakura to Pukekohe for track maintenance.

Check back for timetables.

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 24 June 2019
Information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change.