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 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: 29 June 2022

July 2022

Saturday 2 July 2022

  • Western Line [SATURDAY ONLY] - buses will replace trains between Britomart and Morningside from 7:30pm to 11pm ONLY.

View the Western Line timetable for Saturday 2nd July 2022 (2MB).
For connections to the Western Line, the 70 bus service travels every 15 minutes from Britomart to Newmarket or Botany to Newmarket.

Use the Journey Planner to see all ways of travelling to your destination, including other bus services.

Friday 8 July 2022

  • Western Line- from 10:30pm, buses will replace trains between Britomart and Swanson. 

Timetables under review and will be released soon.

Use the Journey Planner to see all ways of travelling to your destination, including other bus services.

Saturday 9 July to Sunday 10 July 2022

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

Timetables under review and will be released soon.

Use the Journey Planner to see all ways of travelling to your destination, including other bus services.

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

View the Southern Line timetable for 9 July and July 10 July 2022 (PDF, 2MB)

Use the Journey Planner to see all ways of travelling to your destination, including other bus services.

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

View the Western Line timetable for 9 July and 10 July 2022 (PDF, 2MB)

Use the Journey Planner to see all ways of travelling to your destination, including other bus services.

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

Timetables are under review and will be released soon.

Use the Journey Planner to see all ways of travelling to your destination, including other bus services.

Saturday 16 July to Sunday 17 July 2022

  • Southern Line - (SATURDAY ONLY) buses will replace trains between Britomart and Papakura.

Timetables are under review and will be released soon.

Use the Journey Planner to see all ways of travelling to your destination, including other bus services.

  • Southern Line - [SUNDAY ONLY] buses will replace trains between Britomart and Pukekohe.

Timetables are under review and will be released soon.

Use the Journey Planner to see all ways of travelling to your destination, including other bus services.

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

Timetables are under review and will be released soon.

Use the Journey Planner to see all ways of travelling to your destination, including other bus services.

  • Eastern line -  buses will replace trains between Otahuhu and Manukau.

Timetables are under review and will be released soon.

Use the Journey Planner to see all ways of travelling to your destination, including other bus services.

Saturday 30 July to Sunday 31 July 2022

  • Southern Line - (SATURDAY ONLY) buses will replace trains between Britomart and Otahuhu.

Timetables are under review and will be released soon.

Use the Journey Planner to see all ways of travelling to your destination, including other bus services.

  • Southern Line - [SUNDAY ONLY] buses will replace trains between Britomart and Otahuhu & between Papakura and Pukekohe.
    Bus route 33 is a frequent service between Otahuhu and Papakura

Timetables are under review and will be released soon.

Use the Journey Planner to see all ways of travelling to your destination, including other bus services.

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

Timetables are under review and will be released soon.

Use the Journey Planner to see all ways of travelling to your destination, including other bus services.

  • Eastern Line - [SUNDAY ONLY] from 10:30pm buses will replace trains between Britomart and Manukau.

Timetables are under review and will be released soon.

Use the Journey Planner to see all ways of travelling to your destination, including other bus services.


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

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