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: 23 November 2022

Rail Network Rebuild

From 16 January to 19 March 2023, we will be working with KiwiRail to transform Auckland’s rail network and improve passenger services. For more information, please visit the project page. 

November 2022

Monday 14 November to Thursday 17 November 2022

Sunday 20 November to Thursday 24 November 2022

  • Southern Line - from 22:30 buses will replace trains between Britomart and Newmarket.

View the Southern Line timetable for Sunday 20 November to Thursday 24 November 2022 (2MB).

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

  • Western Line - from 22:30 buses will replace trains between Britomart and Newmarket.

View the Western Line timetable for Sunday 20 November to Thursday 24 November 2022 (2MB).

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

  • Eastern Line - from 22:30 buses will replace trains between Britomart and Otahuhu.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Sunday 20 November to Thursday 24 November 2022 (2MB).

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

  • Onehunga Line - from 22:30 buses will replace trains between Newmarket and Onehunga.

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Sunday 20 November to Thursday 24 November 2022 (2MB).

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

Sunday 27 November to Thursday 1 December 2022

  • Southern Line - from 22:30 buses will replace trains between Britomart and Newmarket.

View the Southern Line timetable for Sunday 27 November 2022 (2MB)

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

  • Western Line - from 22:30 buses will replace trains between Britomart and Newmarket.

View the Western Line timetable for Sunday 27 November 2022 (2MB) 

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

  • Eastern Line - from 22:30 buses will replace trains between Britomart and Otahuhu.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Sunday 27 November 2022 (2MB

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

  • Onehunga Line - from 22:30 buses will replace trains between Newmarket and Onehunga.

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Sunday 27 November 2022 (2MB) 

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

December 2022

Saturday 3 December to Sunday 4 December 2022

View all Train Line changes for December 2022 (60KB).

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

View the Southern Line timetable for Saturday 3 December to Sunday 4 December 2022 (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 Saturday 3 December to Sunday 4 December 2022 (2MB).

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

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

View the Eastern Line timetable for Saturday 3 December to Sunday 4 December 2022 (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.

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Saturday 3 December to Sunday 4 December 2022 (2MB).

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

Monday 5 December to Thursday 8 December 2022

View all Train Line changes for December 2022 (60KB) (Under review).

  • Southern Line - from 22:30 buses replace trains between Britomart and Newmarket.

View the Southern Line timetable for Monday 5 December to Thursday 8 December 2022 (2MB).

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

  • Western Line - from 22:30 buses replace trains between Britomart and Newmarket.

View the Western Line timetable for Monday 5 December to Thursday 8 December 2022 (2MB).

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

  • Eastern Line - from 22:30 buses replace trains between Britomart and Otahuhu.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Monday 5 December to Thursday 8 December 2022 (2MB).

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

  • Onehunga Line - from 22:30 buses replace trains between Newmarket and Onehunga.

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Monday 5 December to Thursday 8 December 2022 (2MB).

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

Saturday 10 December to Sunday 11 December 2022

View all Train Line changes for December 2022 (60KB) (Under review).

  • Southern Line - buses will replace trains between Otahuhu and Papakura.

Timetable under review. 

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

  • Southern Line (SUNDAY) - from 22:30 buses will replace trains between Britomart and Newmarket.

Timetable under review. 

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

  • Western Line - from 22:30 buses will replace trains between Britomart and Newmarket.

Timetable under review. 

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

  • Eastern Line - from 22:30 buses will replace trains between Otahuhu and Manukau.

Timetable under review. 

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

  • Eastern Line (SUNDAY) - from 22:30 buses will replace trains between Otahuhu and Manukau.

Timetable under review. 

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

  • Onehunga Line - from 22:30 buses will replace trains between Newmarket and Onehunga.

Timetable under review. 

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

Monday 12 December to Thursday 15 December 2022

View all Train Line changes for December 2022 (60KB) (Under review).

  • Southern Line - from 22:30 buses replace trains between Britomart and Newmarket.

View the Southern Line timetable for Monday 12 December to Thursday 15 December 2022 (2MB).

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

  • Western Line - from 22:30 buses replace trains between Britomart and Newmarket.

View the Western Line timetable for Monday 12 December to Thursday 15 December 2022 (2MB).

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

  • Eastern Line - from 22:30 buses replace trains between Britomart and Otahuhu.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Monday 12 December to Thursday 15 December 2022 (2MB).

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

  • Onehunga Line - from 22:30 buses replace trains between Newmarket and Onehunga.

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Monday 12 December to Thursday 15 December 2022 (2MB).

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

Saturday 17 December to Sunday 18 December 2022

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

View the Western Line timetable for Saturday 17 December to Sunday 18 December 2022 (2MB).

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

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

View the Eastern Line timetable for Saturday 17 December to Sunday 18 December 2022 (2MB).

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

Saturday 26 December 2022 to Thursday 15 January 2023 - Holiday Maintenance. All lines closed.


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.