Planned Rail Closures Planned Rail Closures

We're continuing to upgrade Auckland's rail network. This means that there are times when trains won't be running. During these rail closures, we'll replace train services with buses.


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Travelling during rail closures

You can use Journey Planner and the AT Mobile app to find other ways to travel when trains are not running.

Plan your journey

Rail replacement buses show up in the AT mobile app as bus services (not trains) and use the following names:

Rail Bus EasternRBE: Rail Bus Eastern
Rail Bus SouthernRBS: Rail Bus Southern
Rail Bus OnehungaRBO: Rail Bus Ōnehunga
Rail Bus WesternRBW: Rail Bus Western

You can use all valid train tickets and passes to travel on rail replacement buses.

Buses cannot carry bikes, scooters, or large personal items.


Matariki essential maintenance and project works

From late evening Thursday 27 June to Sunday 30 June, buses will replace all trains on the network to allow for our partners to carry out essential maintenance and project works.

Please see below for rail replacement timetables.


Upcoming rail closures

Upcoming rail closures section last updated: Thursday 13 June 2024

June 2024

Sunday 16 June 2024

Due to the ongoing industrial action, train services will be very limited on the Eastern, Southern and Western lines. No services are operating on the Onehunga line. Rail buses are operating to a full timetable on all lines.

On the Eastern, Southern and Western lines there will be rail bus services operating to a 20 minute frequency during the day and a 30 minute frequency in the evening. On the Onehunga line, rail bus services will operate to a 30 minute frequency. 

The Puhinui Express bus service will also operate during the day at a 30 minute frequency between Waitematā (Britomart) and Puhinui via Newmarket to provide customers with an express connection to the AirportLink. 

  • Eastern Line – Rail buses are operating between Waitematā (Britomart) and Manukau.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Sunday 16 June 2024

  • Southern Line – Rail buses are operating between Waitematā (Britomart)and Papakura.

View the Southern Line timetable for Sunday 16 June 2024

  • Western Line – Rail buses are operating between Waitematā (Britomart) and Swanson.

View the Western Line timetable for Sunday 16 June 2024

  • Onehunga Line – Rail buses are operating between Newmarket and Onehunga.

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Sunday 16 June 2024

  • Puhinui Express - Express services operate between Waitematā (Britomart) and Puhinui via Newmarket.

View the Puhinui Express timetable for Sunday 16 June 2024

Monday 17 to Thursday 20 June 2024

  • Eastern Line – Buses replace trains between Waitematā (Britomart) and Panmure from late evening.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Monday 17 to Thursday 20 June 2024

  • Southern Line – Buses replace trains between Waitematā (Britomart) and Newmarket from late evening.

View the Southern Line timetable for Monday 17 to Thursday 20 June 2024

  • Western Line – Buses replace trains between Waitematā (Britomart) and Newmarket from late evening.

View the Western Line timetable for Monday 17 to Thursday 20 June 2024

Saturday 22 June 2024

With the support of the Rail and Maritime Union of New Zealand, all scheduled train services on Saturday are planned to run as normal.

To support with the 7:05pm Blues vs Chiefs game at Eden Park there are additional trains and supporting rail bus services also operating. 

Train service changes on Saturday 22 June: 

  • Western Line – Additional trains will be running before and after the game. Rail buses also replace trains between Waitematā (Britomart) and Morningside. 

    View the Western Line timetable for Saturday 22 June 2024

  • Southern Line – Trains will run at a 20-minute frequency before the game. After the game there will be additional trains leaving from Waitematā (Britomart) to Papakura.

    View the Southern Line timetable for Saturday 22 June 2024

  • Eastern Line – Trains will run at a 20-minute frequency before the game. After the game there will be additional trains leaving from Waitematā (Britomart) to Manukau.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Saturday 22 June 2024

  • Onehunga Line – Trains will run at a 30-minute frequency before and after the game. Trains will run limited stops (not stopping at Greenlane and Remuera) until 11:30pm.

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Saturday 22 June 2024 

Before the game only, there are supporting rail bus services that will operate to Kingsland on all lines:

View the Eastern Line supporting rail bus timetable for Saturday 22 June 2024

  • Onehunga Line – Supporting rail bus services will depart every 10 minutes from Onehunga to Kingsland from 5pm to 5:40pm stopping at all rail bus stops between Onehunga and Newmarket.

View the Onehunga Line supporting rail bus timetable for Saturday 22 June 2024 

Sunday 23 June 2024

  • Eastern Line – Buses replace trains from between Waitematā (Britomart) and Panmure from late evening.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Sunday 23 June 2024

  • Southern Line – Buses replace trains between Waitematā (Britomart) and Newmarket from late evening.

View the Southern Line timetable for Sunday 23 June 2024

  • Western Line – Buses replace trains between Waitematā (Britomart) and Newmarket from late evening.

View the Western Line timetable for Sunday 23 June 2024

Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 June 2024

  • Eastern Line – Buses buses replace trains between Waitematā (Britomart) and Panmure from late evening.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 June 2024

  • Southern Line – Buses replace trains between Waitematā (Britomart) and Newmarket from late evening.

View the Southern Line timetable for Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 June 2024

  • Western Line – Buses replace trains between Waitematā (Britomart) and Newmarket from late evening.

View the Western Line timetable for Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 June 2024 

Thursday 27 June 2024

  • Eastern Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Waitematā (Britomart) and Panmure.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Thursday 27 June 2024

  • Southern Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Waitematā (Britomart) and Ōtāhuhu.

View the Southern Line timetable for Thursday 27 June 2024

  • Western Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Waitematā (Britomart) and Swanson.

View the Western Line timetable for Thursday 27 June 2024

  • Onehunga Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Newmarket and Onehunga.

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Thursday 27 June 2024 

Friday 28 to Sunday 30 June 2024 (Matariki Weekend)

  • Eastern Line – Buses replace trains between Waitematā (Britomart) and Manukau all day.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Friday 28 to Sunday 30 June 2024

  • Southern Line – Buses replace trains between Waitematā (Britomart) and Papakura all day.

View the Southern Line timetable for Friday 28 to Sunday 30 June 2024

  • Western Line – Buses replace trains between Waitematā (Britomart) and Swanson all day.

View the Western Line timetable for Friday 28 to Sunday 30 June 2024

  • Onehunga Line – Buses replace trains between Newmarket and Onehunga all day.

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Friday 28 to Sunday 30 June 2024 

  • Puhinui Express - Express services operate between Waitematā (Britomart) and Puhinui via Newmarket.

View the Puhinui Express timetable for Friday 28 to Sunday 30 June 2024 

July 2024

Monday 1 to Thursday 4 July 2024

  • Eastern Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Waitematā (Britomart) and Panmure.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Monday 1 to Thursday 4 July 2024

  • Southern Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Waitematā (Britomart) and Newmarket.

View the Southern Line timetable for Monday 1 to Thursday 4 July 2024

  • Western Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Waitematā (Britomart) and Newmarket.

View the Western Line timetable for Monday 1 to Thursday 4 July 2024

Sunday 7 July 2024

  • Eastern Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Waitematā (Britomart) and Panmure.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Sunday 7 July 2024

  • Southern Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Waitematā (Britomart) and Newmarket.

View the Southern Line timetable for Sunday 7 July 2024

  • Western Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Waitematā (Britomart) and Newmarket.

View the Western Line timetable for Sunday 7 July 2024

Monday 8 to Thursday 11 July 2024

  • Eastern Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Waitematā (Britomart) and Panmure.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Monday 8 to Thursday 11 July 2024

  • Southern Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Waitematā (Britomart) and Newmarket.

View the Southern Line timetable for Monday 8 to Thursday 11 July 2024

  • Western Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Waitematā (Britomart) and Newmarket.

View the Western Line timetable for Monday 8 to Thursday 11 July 2024 

Sunday 14 July 2024

  • Eastern Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Waitematā (Britomart) and Panmure.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Sunday 14 July 2024

  • Southern Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Waitematā (Britomart) and Newmarket.

View the Southern Line timetable for Sunday 14 July 2024

  • Western Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Waitematā (Britomart) and Newmarket.

View the Western Line timetable for Sunday 14 July 2024

Monday 15 to Thursday 18 July 2024

  • Eastern Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Waitematā (Britomart) and Panmure.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Monday 15 to Thursday 18 July 2024

  • Southern Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Waitematā (Britomart) and Newmarket.

View the Southern Line timetable for Monday 15 to Thursday 18 July 2024

  • Western Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Waitematā (Britomart) and Newmarket.

View the Western Line timetable for Monday 15 to Thursday 18 July 2024

Friday 19 July 2024

  • Eastern Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Waitematā (Britomart) and Panmure.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Friday 19 July 2024

  • Southern Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Waitematā (Britomart) and Newmarket.

View the Southern Line timetable for Friday 19 July 2024

  • Western Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Waitematā (Britomart) and Newmarket.

View the Western Line timetable for Friday 19 July 2024

Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July 2024

  • Eastern Line – Buses replace trains between Waitematā (Britomart) and Manukau all day.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July 2024

  • Southern Line – Buses replace trains between Waitematā (Britomart) and Papakura all day.

View the Southern Line timetable for Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July 2024

  • Western Line – Buses replace trains between Waitematā (Britomart) and Swanson all day.

View the Western Line timetable for Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July 2024

  • Onehunga Line – Buses replace trains between Newmarket and Onehunga all day.

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July 2024

  • Puhinui Express – Express services operate between Waitematā (Britomart) and Puhinui via Newmarket all day.

View the Puhinui Express timetable for Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July 2024

About our rail maintenance work

Sometimes, we need to close rail lines to perform important maintenance work. This is so we can keep everyone safe.

We might need to:

  • Lift, repair, or replace sections of the track.
  • Shut down overhead power supplies for electric trains.
  • Maintain structures like bridges, tunnels, and platforms.
  • Move equipment, tools, and supplies across rail lines.

We try to do most work at night. We try to schedule work for when the fewest passengers are traveling.
But we sometimes have to do work during the day. These upgrades may be too unsafe to do in the dark or too noisy for people living nearby.
When we close rail services, we provide rail replacement buses so you can get where you need to go.
These buses follow the same lines as the train services they're replacing.


More information on rail closures

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