Valid from: 15/09/2020 12:30pm

Why is my train replaced by bus?

Maintaining Our Railways

Future Rail

14September 2020

You can visit the Future Rail Improving your rail network (external link)  and Maintaining our Railways page  (external link) for more information about the work that is carried out during bus replacements. See below for service information on when buses will be replacing trains.

Upcoming planned Rail Maintenance (14 September - 18 October) PDF - 109 KB 

14 September - 18 September 2020

Wairarapa Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Masterton: (external link)

14 September - 18 September 2020

Hutt Valley Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Upper Hutt: (external link)

14 September - 18 September 2020

Melling Line - Bus replacements between Wellington and Melling:  (external link)

19 September - 23 September 2020

Kapiti Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Waikanae: (external link)

  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Kapiti Line between Wellington and Waikanae from 19 September - 20 September.
  • Buses will be replacing some evening train services on the Kapiti Line between Wellington and Waikanae from 21 September - 23 September.
  • Kapiti Line detailed timetable (19 - 23 September). PDF - 189 KB

20 September - 25 September 2020 

Hutt Valley Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Upper Hutt:

21 September - 25 September 2020 

Melling Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Melling: 

21 September - 25 September 2020 

Wairarapa Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Upper Hutt and between Wellington and Masterton:

  • Buses will be replacing 2 daytime train services on the Wairarapa Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt from 21 September - 25 September. 
  • Wairarapa Line detailed timetable available.  PDF - 478 KB
  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Wairarapa line between Wellington and Masterton on 26 September.
  • Buses will be replacing some daytime train services on the Wairarapa line between Wellington and Masterton on 27 September.

26 September - 30 September 2020 

Hutt Valley Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Upper Hutt:

  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt from 26 - 27  September.
  • Buses will be replacing some evening train services on the Hutt Valley line between Wellington and Upper Hutt from 28 September - 30 September.
  • Hutt Valley Line detailed timetables available soon.

26 September - 30 September 2020 

Johnsonville Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Johnsonville:

  • Buses will be replacing some daytime train services on the Johnsonville Line between Wellington and Johnsonville on 26 September. 
  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Johnsonville Line between Wellington and Johnsonville on 27 September. 
  • Buses will be replacing some evening train services on the Johnsonville Line between Wellington and Johnsonville from 28 September - 30 September. 
  • Johnsonville Line detailed timetable available soon.

27 September - 30 September 2020 

Kapiti Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Waikanae:

  • Buses will be replacing some evening train services on the Kapiti Line between Wellington and Waikanae from 27 September - 30 September. 
  • Kapiti Line detailed timetable available soon. 

4 October -  7 October 2020 

Hutt Valley Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Upper Hutt:

  • Buses will be replacing some evening train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt on from 4 October - 7 October.
  • Hutt Valley Line detailed timetable available soon.

Johnsonville Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Johnsonville:

  • Buses will be replacing some evening train services on the Johnsonville Line between Wellington and Johnsonville on 4 October - 7 October.
  • Johnsonville Line detailed timetable available soon. 

10 October -  11 October 2020 

Hutt Valley Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Upper Hutt:

  • Buses will be replacing some evening train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt on 10 October.
  • Hutt Valley Line detailed timetable available soon

Wairarapa Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Upper Hutt:

  • Buses will be replacing train services on the Wairarapa Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt on 10 October. 
  • Buses will be replacing some daytime train services on the Wairarapa Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt on 11 October. 
  • Wairarapa Line detailed timetable available soon. 

Johnsonville Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Johnsonville:

  • Buses will be replacing train services on the Johnsonville Line between Wellington and Johnsonville from 10 October - 11 October.
  • Johnsonville Line detailed timetable available soon.

Kapiti Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Porirua:

  • Buses will be replacing train services on the Kapiti Line between Wellington and Porirua on 10 October - 11 October. 
  • Kapiti Line detailed timetable available soon.

Check here for bus pick-up locations

Please allow extra time for travel when bus replacement is offered. 

Bus replacements are not tracked via real time information when they replace trains.

If capacity allows, bikes may be carried on a cycle rack if the bus is fitted with one, otherwise only folding cycles may be carried. For more information see: 

Using a Cycle on Public Transport

All folded prams can be carried on board the bus replacement services when stored in the luggage areas, non-foldable prams may not be able to be carried on all bus replacements, please talk to on-board staff when boarding.

If you have additional mobility needs please talk to the on board staff or contact Metlink to plan your trip.

For more information call Metlink on 0800 801 700 or use the; 

Journey Planner

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