Over the holidays the lines will be closed so vital work can be done to get the rail network ready for Auckland’s new state of the art trains. This work includes electrification preparations on the lines between Newmarket and Britomart; various platform extensions needed for the longer new trains; work at Ellerslie needed because of motorway widening being undertaken by NZTA; finishing touches on the new Panmure Transport Interchange and general maintenance work on the network.
Up to Tuesday 24 December 2013
Evening rail network closure between Otahuhu and Manukau/Papakura/Pukekohe. Buses will replace trains.
No train or rail-bus services.
Thursday 26 December to Sunday 5 January 2014
Rail replacement buses will operate across the rail network.
Monday 6 January to Sunday 12 January 2014
There will be a partial shutdown with buses replacing trains.
The Western Line will be closed between Newmarket and Britomart, shuttle buses will operate between Grafton and Britomart.
The Southern and Onehunga Lines will be closed between Newmarket and Britomart with shuttle buses operating.
The Eastern and Manukau Lines will be closed between Sylvia Park and Britomart. All Eastern Line train services will be diverted to/from Newmarket. A train service will operate between Manukau and Sylvia Park. Bus replacements will operate between Otahuhu and Britomart via the Eastern Line.
Monday 13 January to Sunday 19 January 2014
The Western, Southern and Onehunga Lines will be open with a special timetable.
The Eastern and Manukau Lines will be closed between Sylvia Park and Britomart. All Eastern Line train services will be diverted to/from Britomart via Newmarket. A train service will operate between Manukau and Sylvia Park. Bus replacements will be used between Otahuhu and Britomart via the Eastern Line.
Monday 20 January 2014
Full train services resume on all lines.
Saturday, 25 January to Monday, 27 January 2014 (Anniversary Weekend)
Buses replace all trains
From Tuesday, 28 January 2014 until further notice, Monday to Friday from 9pm all Eastern/Manukau Line services will be diverted via Newmarket – Bus replacements between Britomart-Otahuhu via Eastern Line.
Calendar of closures: http://www.maxx.co.nz/info/service-updates/rail-network-closures-over-christmas-and-new-year-holiday-period.aspx
Auckland Transport and its partners Transdev and KiwiRail apologise for the disruption to services and any inconvenience this may cause.
While there are no passenger trains operating, the public is reminded to keep off the railway lines at all times. There will still be a lot of activity within the rail corridor with engineering trains operating across the network delivering materials to various work sites.
Also, we will be testing Auckland’s new electric trains over the holiday period. These trains are much quieter and accelerate quickly, they are being tested day and night. Please be aware overhead power lines for the new trains are now live.