Auck, Wgtn Rail Closures


Machinery has started arriving for the start of the big Rail Maintenance month around Auckland - and Wellington is also in for a closedown.

The focus of the works in the Wellington region will enable staff to work on:

  • Upgrading Tunnel Two on the North Island Main Trunk
  • Replacing overhead wiring and poles south of Paekakariki
  • Upgrades to the Naenae station
  • Upgrade to the Kenepuru station
  • Slope stabilisation work on the Johnsonville and NIMT lines.
  • While the work is underway freight services will be routed through the Wairarapa while Tunnel Two is closed.
  • General maintenance activities on hard to get at infrastructure will also be completed during this time.

In Auckland KiwiRail is preparing for the electrification of the rail network at multiple sites around the network.

Work starts in from next week in Parnell, and expands to the remaining network from Boxing Day onwards, for up to three weeks in some places.

Work around the Parnell station will be intense

Auckland activities include:

  • The replacement of four rail overbridges (Orakei Rd, Mt Wellington Highway, Mountain Rd and Morrin Rd) and five footbridges (Orakei, Meadowbank, Ellerslie, Puhinui and Otahuhu)
  • Lowering the tracks in the Parnell gully to allow for the proposed station at the site in the future
  • The commissioning of a new signalling system between Morningside and Swanson stations
  • Major track works at Wiri, and around Papakura station and structural works at Britomart in advance of electric trains arrivin
  • Continuing the installation of overhead wires and masts along the Western, Southern and Onehunga Branch Lines

Buses will replace trains during the Christmas and New Year period while a number of major works are carried out across the rail network..
The full rail network will be closed from Christmas Day until Tuesday  January 4, with buses replacing trains at all times except on Christmas Day.

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

Auckland - details on Maxx

Wellington- details on Tranz Metro




  1. Andrew Miller says:

    Also the Overlander isn’t running over this period as well. Makes sense with the network closures but in a peak holiday period? Oh well…

  2. Ken says:

    Jon you mention pole replacement for the overhead south of Paekakariki. The correct technical term is masts.

  3. Alex says:

    Andrew: correction, the Overlander will not be running from Boxing Day to 8 January. From 9 January to 15 January it will be replaced by buses from Papakura to Britomart.


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