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 Eastern badgeRBE: Rail Bus Eastern
Rail Bus Western badgeRBW: Rail Bus Panmure Express
Rail Bus Western badgeRBW: Rail Bus Glen Innes Express
Rail Bus Southern badgeRBS: Rail Bus Southern
Rail Bus Onehunga badgeRBO: Rail Bus Onehunga
Rail Bus Western badgeRBW: 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 2

From 20 March 2023, the second phase of rail upgrade works has begun with KiwiRail to transform Auckland’s rail network and improve passenger services.

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


Upcoming rail closures

Upcoming rail closures section last updated: Thursday 1 June 2023.

June 2023

Saturday 3 to Monday 5 June (King's Birthday Weekend)

  • Southern Line - Buses replace trains between Britomart and Papakura.

View the Southern Line timetable for Saturday 3 to Monday 5 June 2023

View the Puhinui Express timetable for Saturday 3 to Monday 5 June 2023

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

View the Western Line timetable for Saturday 3 to Monday 5 June 2023

  • Onehunga Line - Buses replace trains between Britomart and Onehunga.

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Saturday 3 to Monday 5 June 2023

  • Eastern Line - Buses replace trains between Britomart and Manukau.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Saturday 3 to Monday 5 June 2023

Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 June

Sunday 11 to Thursday 15 June

  • Southern Line - Buses replace trains after 22:30 between Britomart and Newmarket.
  • Onehunga Line - Buses replace trains after 22:30 between Britomart and Newmarket on Sunday only.
  • Western Line - Buses replace trains after 22:30 between Britomart and Newmarket.
  • The timetable will be available soon.

Sunday 18 to Thursday 22 June

  • Southern Line - Buses replace trains after 22:30 between Britomart and Newmarket.
  • Onehunga Line - Buses replace trains after 22:30 between Britomart and Newmarket on Sunday only.
  • Western Line - Buses replace trains after 22:30 between Britomart and Newmarket.
  • The timetable will be available soon.

Sunday 25 June to Thursday 29 June

  • Southern Line - Buses replace trains after 22:30 between Britomart and Newmarket.
  • Onehunga Line - Buses replace trains after 22:30 between Britomart and Newmarket on Sunday only.
  • Western Line - Buses replace trains after 22:30 between Britomart and Newmarket.
  • The timetable will be available 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 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.

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

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