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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

Video: How to check the status of your train line. (The video has no sound.)

You can use Journey Planner and the AT Mobile app to find other ways to travel when trains are not running. Rail replacement buses show up in the AT mobile app as bus services (not trains) and use the following names:

Rail Bus Eastern badgeRBE: Rail Bus Eastern
Rail Bus Southern badgeRBS: Rail Bus Southern
Rail Bus Onehunga badge RBO: Rail Bus Onehunga
Rail Bus Western badge RBW: 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 bus replacement buses do not stop at Parnell Station or Meadowbank Station.


Upcoming closures

Last updated: 16 May 2022

May 2022

Friday 20 May 2022

  • Western Line - from 10:10pm, buses will replace trains between Britomart and Swanson

View the Western Line timetable for Friday 20 May 2022 (PDF 2MB)

Saturday 21 May to Sunday 22 May 2022

  • Eastern Line - buses will replace trains between Britomart and Otahuhu

Timetables under review and will be released soon.

  • Southern Line - buses will replace trains between Britomart and Newmarket

View the Southern Line timetable for Saturday 21 May to Sunday 22 May 2022 (PDF 2MB)

  • Western Line - buses will replace trains between Britomart and Swanson

View the Western Line timetable for Saturday 21 May to Sunday 22 May 2022 (PDF 2MB)

  • Onehunga Line - buses will replace trains between Britomart and Newmarket

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Saturday 21 May to Sunday 22 May 2022 (PDF 2MB)

  • Southern Line - [SUNDAY ONLY] Buses will replace trains between Papakura and Pukekohe

Timetables under review and will be released soon.

Saturday 28 May to Sunday 29 May 2022

  • Southern Line - buses will replace trains between Britomart and Otahuhu

Timetables under review and will be released soon.

  • Onehunga Line - buses will replace trains between Britomart and Onehunga

Timetables under review and will be released soon.

  • Southern Line - [SUNDAY ONLY] Buses will replace trains between Papakura and Pukekohe

Timetables under review and will be released soon.

June 2022

Friday 3 June 2022

  • Eastern Line - from 10:30pm buses will replace trains between Britomart and Manukau

Timetables under review and will be released soon.

  • Southern Line - from 10:30pm buses will replace trains between Britomart and Papakura

Timetables under review and will be released soon.

  • Onehunga Line - from 10:30pm buses will replace trains between Britomart and Onehunga

Timetables under review and will be released soon.

Saturday 4 June to Monday 6 June 2022 - Queen's Birthday

  • Eastern Line - buses will replace trains between Britomart and Manukau

Timetables under review and will be released soon.

  • Southern Line - buses will replace trains between Britomart and Pukekohe

Timetables under review and will be released soon.

  • Western Line - buses will replace trains between Britomart and Swanson

Timetables under review and will be released soon.

  • Onehunga Line - buses will replace trains between Britomart and Onehunga

Timetables under review and will be released soon.

Saturday 11 June to Sunday 12 June 2022

  • Southern Line - buses will replace trains between Britomart and Otahuhu

Timetables under review and will be released soon.

  • Onehunga Line - buses will replace trains between Britomart and Onehunga

Timetables under review and will be released soon.

  • Southern Line - [SUNDAY ONLY] Buses will replace trains between Papakura and Pukekohe

Timetables under review and will be released soon.

Saturday 18 June to Sunday 19 June 2022

  • Southern Line - buses will replace trains between Britomart and Otahuhu

Timetables under review and will be released soon.

  • Onehunga Line - buses will replace trains between Britomart and Onehunga

Timetables under review and will be released soon.

  • Southern Line - [SUNDAY ONLY] Buses will replace trains between Papakura and Pukekohe

Timetables under review and will be released soon.

Friday 24 June to Sunday 26 June 2022 - Matariki

  • Eastern Line - buses will replace trains between Britomart and Manukau

Timetables under review and will be released soon.

  • Southern Line - buses will replace trains between Britomart and Pukekohe

Timetables under review and will be released soon.

  • Onehunga Line - buses will replace trains between Britomart and Onehunga

Timetables under review and will be released soon.


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 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.

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.

We try to schedule work for when the fewest passengers are travelling.

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 and Meadowbank Station.


More information on rail closures

Last updated 24 November 2021
Information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change.