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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 22 February and Friday 26 February 2021

  • Southern Line - Trains will operate between Britomart and Papakura. From evening, buses will replace trains between Papakura and Pukekohe. 

View the Southern Line timetable for Monday 22 February and Friday 26 February 2021 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Monday 22 February and Friday 26 February 2021 (PDF 2MB)

  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate.

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Monday 22 February and Friday 26 February 2021 (PDF 2MB)

  • Western Line - Trains will operate.

View the Western Line timetable for Monday 22 February and Friday 26 February 2021 (PDF 2MB)

Reason for line closure: Pukekohe line closed from evening for trackwork.

Saturday 27 February and Sunday 28 February 2021

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

View the Southern Line timetable for Saturday 27 February 2021 (PDF 2MB)
View the Southern Line timetable for Sunday 28 February 2021 (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 Saturday 27 February and Sunday 28 February 2021 (PDF 2MB)

  • Onehunga Line - Trains will operate.

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Saturday 27 February and Sunday 28 February 2021 (PDF 2MB)

  • Western Line - Trains will operate.

View the Western Line timetable for Saturday 27 February and Sunday 28 February 2021 (PDF 2MB)

Monday 1 March and Tuesday 2 March 2021

  • Southern Line - Normal train timetables will operate.
  • Pukekohe Line - A revised train timetable will operate between Pukekohe and Papakura. From evening, buses will replace trains between Papakura and Pukekohe. 

View the Southern Line timetable for Monday 1 March and Tuesday 2 March 2021 (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern Line - Normal train timetables will operate until evening. From evening, buses will replace trains between Otahuhu and Manukau.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Monday 1 March and Tuesday 2 March 2021 (PDF 2MB)

Reason for line closure: Pukekohe line closed from evening for trackwork, Eastern line closed for Puhinui Station upgrade work.

Wednesday 3 March to Friday 5 March 2021

  • Southern Line - Normal train timetables will operate.
  • Pukekohe Line - A revised train timetable will operate between Pukekohe and Papakura. From evening, buses will replace trains between Papakura and Pukekohe. 

View the Southern Line timetable for Wednesday 3 March and Friday 5 March 2021 (PDF 2MB)

Reason for line closure: Pukekohe line closed from evening for trackwork.

Saturday 6 March and Sunday 7 March 2021

Reason for line closure: Pukekohe line closed from evening for trackwork.

Monday 8 March to Friday 12 March 2021

  • Southern Line - Normal train timetables will operate.
  • Pukekohe Line - A revised train timetable will operate between Pukekohe and Papakura. From evening, buses will replace trains between Papakura and Pukekohe. 

View the Southern Line timetable for Monday 8 March to Friday 12 March 2021 (PDF 2MB)

Reason for line closure: Pukekohe line closed from evening for trackwork.

Saturday 13 March and Sunday 14 March 2021

Reason for line closure: Pukekohe line closed from evening for trackwork.

Monday 15 March to Friday 19 March 2021

  • Southern Line - Normal train timetables will operate.
  • Pukekohe Line - A revised train timetable will operate between Pukekohe and Papakura. From evening, buses will replace trains between Papakura and Pukekohe. 

View the Southern Line timetable for Monday 15 March to Friday 19 March 2021 (PDF 2MB)

Reason for line closure: Pukekohe line closed from evening for trackwork.

Saturday 20 March and Sunday 21 March 2021

  • Southern Line - Normal train timetables will operate.
  • Pukekohe Line - Buses will replace trains between Papakura and Pukekohe.
  • Eastern Line - Normal train timetables will operate on Saturday and Sunday during the day. On Sunday evening only, buses will replace trains between Otahuhu and Manukau.
  • Onehunga Line - Normal train timetables will operate.
  • Western Line - Normal train timetables will operate.

Reason for line closure: Pukekohe line closed from evening for trackwork, Eastern line closed on Sunday for Puhinui Station upgrade work. 

Monday 22 March to Friday 26 March 2021

  • Southern Line - Normal train timetables will operate.
  • Pukekohe Line - A revised train timetable will operate between Pukekohe and Papakura. From evening, buses will replace trains between Papakura and Pukekohe. 
  • Eastern Line - Trains will operate until evening. From evening, buses will replace trains between Otahuhu and Manukau.
  • Onehunga Line - Normal train timetables will operate.
  • Western Line - Normal train timetables will operate.

Reason for line closure: Pukekohe line closed from evening for trackwork, Eastern line closed for Puhinui Station upgrade work. 

Saturday 27 March and Sunday 28 March 2021

Reason for line closure: Pukekohe line closed from evening for trackwork. 


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 February 2021
Information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change.