Buses replacing trains

This page is for buses replacing trains during planned maintenance work.

If you're looking for bus replacement information during a disruption, see Service alerts(external link) for the most current information, and other resources in the Disruption guide.

See service alerts(external link)    Disruption guide

Using buses replacing trains

Hot pink signage is being rolled out across the network to help passengers find bus replacement stops and information. Directional signage and bus replacement timetables are posted at each station, and station maps can be found on freestanding information totems on platforms at all suburban train stations.

Most buses replacing trains are planned in advance for maintenance or important trackwork. Schedules and timetables will be posted on this page and in service alert notifications. Buses replacing trains timetables and calendars will also be posted at train stations.

About planned network maintenance

Train lines are used all day every day of the year, so there’s not a time when the network isn’t being used, meaning from time to time works can cause bus replacements for passenger services.

We have a regular maintenance and renewal programme, which aims to improve the reliability of the Wellington commuter network. Work on the line which requires bus replacements are planned in advance, with the aim of keeping disruption to commuters to a minimum.

The majority of maintenance and upgrade work takes place at night or during weekends to avoid disrupting the thousands of passengers commuting in and out of Wellington on weekdays.

When we need to carry out major engineering work, such as replacing tracks or upgrading signalling systems, we may need to close a line or section of line for longer than 48 hours to complete the upgrade work efficiently and safely. For these larger scale works on the network we take advantage of the public holiday weekends at Easter, Queen’s Birthday, Labour Weekend and Christmas.

Full programme of KiwiRail works(external link)

Last published: Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at 10:10 PM