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.

Please note: Rail replacement buses do not stop at Parnell Station.


Rail Network Rebuild Stage 3

From 26 January 2024, KiwiRail will move to the Southern line between Puhinui and Papakura for stage 3b of rail upgrade works, to transform Auckland’s rail network and improve passenger services. All Eastern Line stations that were affected by stage 2 are now open and full services have resumed running via Panmure to Waitemata (Britomart).

For more information, please visit the Rail Network Rebuild project page.


Upcoming rail closures

Upcoming rail closures section last updated: 29 February 2024

March 2024

Sunday 3 March 2024

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

View the Eastern Line timetable for Sunday 3 March 2024

  • Southern Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Puhinui and Papakura, and Newmarket and Waitematā (Britomart) due to KiwiRail’s Rail Network Rebuild Stage 3b.

View the Southern Line timetable for Sunday 3 March 2024

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

View the Western Line timetable for Sunday 3 March 2024

Monday 4 to Thursday 7 March 2024

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

View the Eastern Line timetable for Monday 4 to Thursday 7 March 2024

  • Southern Line – Buses replace trains from late evening between Puhinui and Papakura, and Newmarket and Waitematā (Britomart) due to KiwiRail’s Rail Network Rebuild Stage 3b.

View the Southern Line timetable for Monday 4 to Thursday 7 March 2024

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

View the Western Line timetable for Monday 4 to Thursday 7 March 2024

Friday 8 and Saturday 9 March 2024 (Pink Concert)

  • Eastern Line – Additional trains operating from late evening between Waitematā (Britomart) and Manukau.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Friday 8 March 2024
View the Eastern Line timetable for Saturday 9 March 2024

  • Southern Line – Additional trains operating from late evening between Waitematā (Britomart) and Papakura.

View the Southern Line timetable for Friday 8 March 2024
View the Southern Line timetable for Saturday 9 March 2024

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

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Friday 8 March 2024
View the Onehunga Line timetable for Saturday 9 March 2024

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

View the Western Line timetable for Friday 8 March 2024
View the Western Line timetable for Saturday 9 March 2024

Sunday 10 March 2024

  • Puhinui Express – Buses replace trains between Waitematā (Britomart) and Newmarket and Puhinui.

View the Puhinui Express timetable for Sunday 10 March 2024

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

View the Eastern Line timetable for Friday 10 March 2024

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

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Friday 10 March 2024

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

View the Southern Line timetable for Friday 10 March 2024

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

View the Western Line timetable for Friday 10 March 2024

Western Line Rail Network Rebuild – Monday 11 to Sunday 24 March 2024, unless superseeded by a timetable below

  • Western Line – Due to stage 3a of KiwiRails Rail Network Rebuild, all train services will be running every 20–minutes throughout the day. Additional rail buses will be available during weekday morning peaks, stopping at all stations between New Lynn and Newmarket.

View the Western Line timetable for Monday 11 to Sunday 24 March 2024

Western Line Rail Network Rebuild, additional rail buses – Monday 11 March to Friday 5 April 2024

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

View Additional rail buses to Newmarket for Monday 11 March to Friday 5 April 2024

Monday 11 to Thursday 14 March 2024

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

View the Eastern Line timetable for Monday 11 to Thursday 14 March 2024

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

View the Southern Line timetable for Monday 11 to Thursday 14 March 2024

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

View the Western Line timetable for Monday 11 to Thursday 14 March 2024

Friday 15 March 2024

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

View the Western Line timetable for Friday 15 March 2024

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March 2024

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

View the Eastern Line timetable for Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March 2024

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

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Sunday 17 March 2024 only

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

View the Southern Line timetable for Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March 2024

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

View the Western Line timetable for Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March 2024

Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 March 2024

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

View the Eastern Line timetable for Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 March 2024

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

View the Southern Line timetable for Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 March 2024

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

View the Western Line timetable for Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 March 2024

Monday 25 to Thursday 28 March 2024

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

View the Southern Line timetable for Monday 25 to Thursday 25 March 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 travelling.
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. They stop at most stations, except for Parnell Station.


More information on rail closures

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

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