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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

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: 11:02am, 13 January 2022

Work is being undertaken as part of the annual shutdown during the quietest part of the year for rail commuters. It allows uninterrupted work on the network to complete projects such as:

  • Preparing Britomart Station for the City Rail Link
  • Track changes near Mt Eden as part of the City Rail Link
  • Track work across the network by KiwiRail to prepare for the opening of the City Rail Link

January 2022

Monday 17 January ​to Sunday 23 January 2022​

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

View the Western Line timetable for Public Holidays, Saturdays and Sundays (PDF 2MB)
View the Western Line timetable for Weekdays (PDF 2MB)

Track work will continue during this week in Britomart Station and near Mt Eden as part of the City Rail Link project.

Friday 28 January 2022

  • Western Line – From 10:30pm buses will replace trains between Britomart and Swanson.

View the Western Line timetable for Friday 28 January (PDF 2MB)

  • Eastern line - From 10:30pm buses will replace trains between Britomart and Otahuhu.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Friday 28 January (PDF 2MB)

  • Southern Line - From 10:30pm Buses will replace trains between Britomart and Newmarket.

View the Southern Line timetable for Friday 28 January (PDF 2MB)

  • Onehunga Line - From 10:30pm Buses will replace trains between Britomart and Newmarket.

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Friday 28 January (PDF 2MB)

Saturday 29 January to Monday 31 January 2022

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

View the Western Line timetable for Saturday 29 January to Monday 31 January (PDF 2MB)

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

View the Eastern Line timetable for Saturday 29 January to Monday 31 January (PDF 2MB)

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

View the Southern Line timetable for Saturday 29 January to Monday 31 January (PDF 2MB)
View the Pukekohe Express timetable for Saturday 29 January to Monday 31 January (PDF 2MB)

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

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Saturday 29 January to Monday 31 January (PDF 2MB)

  • No Te Huia on Monday

Saturday 5 February to Monday 7 February 2022

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

View the Eastern Line timetable for Saturday 5 February to Monday 7 February 2022 (PDF 2MB)

  • Southern Line - Buses will replace trains between Penrose and Pukekohe

​View the Southern Line timetable for Saturday 5 February to Monday 7 February 2022 (PDF 2MB)

Sunday 13 February 2022

  • Southern Line - Buses will replace trains between Papakura and Pukekohe

​View the Southern Line timetable for Sunday 13 February 2022 (PDF 2MB)


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.