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Future works on the Auckland rail network Future works on the Auckland rail network

In order to continue the upgrade of Auckland's rail network, there are times when trains will not operate. During these closures train services will be replaced by bus.


Upgrades on the rail network are generally undertaken on weekends and public holidays when there are fewer people travelling.

During these planned closures, replacement buses and special timetables will operate.

Rail replacement bus services are shown in the Journey Planner and AT Mobile app as bus services. They will display the route codes RBS, RBW, RBO, RBE for Rail Bus Southern, Rail Bus Western, Rail Bus Onehunga and Rail Bus Eastern. All valid tickets and passes currently accepted on trains will be accepted on rail bus replacements.

Note: Please be advised, replacement buses do not stop at Parnell Station or Meadowbank Station.

Upcoming closures

The following are a list of confirmed closures to allow for important improvements and maintenance on the rail network.

Note: Dates are subject to change. 

Friday 15 October 2021

    • Eastern Line - From 10:30pm, Buses replace trains between Britomart and Otahuhu.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Friday 15 October 2021 (PDF 2MB) 

Saturday 16 October and Sunday 17 October 2021

    • Southern Line - Buses replace trains between Penrose and Pukekohe. Trains will operate between Britomart and Penrose.

View the Southern Line timetable for Saturday 16 October and Sunday 17 October 2021 (PDF 2MB)

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

View the Eastern Line timetable for Saturday 16 October and Sunday 17 October 2021 (PDF 2MB) 

Friday 22 October 2021

Starting from 10:30pm, the following train services will be repla

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

View the Southern Line timetable for Friday 22 October 2021 (PDF 2MB)

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

View the Eastern Line timetable for Friday 22 October 2021 (PDF 2MB) 

    • Western Line - Buses replace trains between Britomart and Newmarket. [Last service towards Swanson will end at Henderson]

View the Western Line timetable for Friday 22 October 2021 (PDF 2MB) 

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

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Friday 22 October 2021 (PDF 2MB) 

Saturday 23 October to Monday 25 October 2021

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

View the Southern Line timetable for Saturday 23 October to Monday 25 October 2021 (PDF 2MB)

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

View the Eastern Line timetable for Saturday 23 October to Monday 25 October 2021 (PDF 2MB) 

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

View the Western Line timetable for Saturday 23 October to Monday 25 October 2021 (PDF 2MB) 

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

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Saturday 23 October to Monday 25 October 2021 (PDF 2MB) 

Saturday 30 October to Sunday 31 October 2021

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

View the Southern Line timetable for Saturday 30 October to Sunday 31 October 2021 (PDF 2MB)

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

View the Eastern Line timetable for Saturday 30 October to Sunday 31 October 2021 (PDF 2MB) 

Friday 5 November 2021

    • Southern Line - From 10:15pm Buses replace trains between Britomart and Newmarket.

View the Southern Line timetable for Friday 5 November 2021 (PDF 2MB)

    • Eastern Line - From 9:40pm Buses replace trains between Britomart and Otahuhu.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Friday 5 November 2021 (PDF 2MB) 

    • Western Line - From 10:10pm Buses replace trains between Britomart and Newmarket.

View the Western Line timetable for Friday 5 November 2021 (PDF 2MB) 

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

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Friday 5 November 2021 (PDF 2MB) 

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November 2021

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

View the Southern Line timetable for Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November 2021 (PDF 2MB)

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

View the Eastern Line timetable for Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November 2021 (PDF 2MB) 

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

View the Western Line timetable for Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November 2021 (PDF 2MB) 

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

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November 2021 (PDF 2MB) 

Saturday 13 November 2021

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

View the Southern Line timetable for Saturday 13 November 2021 (PDF 2MB)

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

View the Eastern Line timetable for Saturday 13 November 2021 (PDF 2MB)

Sunday 14 November 2021

    • Southern Line - Buses replace trains between Penrose and Pukekohe. After 10:30pm, trains will replace between Britomart and Pukekohe.

View the Southern Line timetable for Sunday 14 November 2021 (PDF 2MB)

    • Eastern Line - Buses replace trains between Panmure and Manukau. After 10:30pm, trains will replace between Britomart and Manukau.

View the Eastern Line timetable for Sunday 14 November 2021 (PDF 2MB) 

    • Western Line - After 9:30pm, Buses replace trains between Britomart and Swanson.

View the Western Line timetable for Sunday 14 November 2021 (PDF 2MB) 

    • Onehunga Line - After 10:30pm, Buses replace trains between Britomart and Onehunga.

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Sunday 14 November 2021 (PDF 2MB) 

Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November 2021

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

View the Southern Line timetable for Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November 2021 (PDF 2MB)

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

View the Eastern Line timetable for Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November 2021 (PDF 2MB) 

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

View the Western Line timetable for Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November 2021 (PDF 2MB) 

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

View the Onehunga Line timetable for Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November 2021 (PDF 2MB) 


More information on rail maintenance

  • We try to do most work at night:
    • There are some types of major construction or maintenance work that cannot be completed during these hours.
  • Some upgrades can only be done by day:
    • As it would be unsafe during darkness, or the work would be too noisy for nearby residents.
  • During rail closures:
    • Sections of track may be lifted and repaired or replaced.
    • Structural maintenance may be completed on rail bridges, tunnels or platforms.
    • The work may involve major utilities crossing the rail corridor.
    • Overhead power supply for the electric trains is shut down for everyone's safety.
  • The best time to do rail maintenance:
    • Repairs and maintenance are generally scheduled for times when the fewest passengers will be travelling.
  • Replacement buses are provided to get you where you need to go.

Note: Buses cannot accommodate bikes, scooters or large personal items.


Last updated 28 June 2021
Information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change.