December-Jan Rail Closure Details


Here are the Christmas rail closedown details - following the decision by Auckland Transport to start them earlier than normal this year to accommodate Big Day Out trains in mid-January.

  • Saturday 17 December and Sunday 18 December – Waitakere to Britomart, Papakura to Britomart via Newmarket, Onehunga to Britomart, and Papakura to Otahuhu.
  • Monday 19 to Saturday 24 December – Newmarket to Britomart.
  • Christmas Day – Full network closure, no buses replacing trains.
  • Monday 26 December to Tuesday 4 January 2012 – Full network closure, buses replace all trains.
  • Wednesday 5 to Sunday 15 January 2012 – Newmarket to Britomart and Papakura to Britomart via Glen Innes.
  • Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 January 2012 – Newmarket to Britomart.

Ellerslie: Work to accommodate a 4th motorway lane

The full rail network will be closed from Christmas Day until Tuesday 4 January, with buses replacing trains at all times except on Christmas Day when there are no trains anyway. Major works by Kiwirail and Auckland Transport will include ongoing work to prepare the network for electrification, changes at Ellerslie to allow an extra motorway lane and enhance the station and the replacement of Mountain Rd bridge over the rail line as the first phase of the Ameti Panmure project.
Major enabling works needed for the planned Parnell Station will require buses to replace trains between Newmarket and Britomart. The work at Parnell includes lowering and re-aligning the tracks.




  1. Geoff says:

    At least the Western opens early this time.


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