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Maintaining Our Railways

Future Rail

23rd November 2020

You can visit the Future Rail Improving your rail network (external link)  and Maintaining our Railways (external link)  page 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 (23 November - 27 December) PDF - 102 KB

29 November - 3 December 2020

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

30 November - 3 December 2020

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

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

5 December - 6 December

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

  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Wairarapa Line between Wellington and Petone on 5 December.
  • Buses will be replacing two daytime train services on the Wairarapa Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt on 6 December.
  • Wairarapa Line detailed timetable available soon.

5 December - 10 December

Kapiti Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Waikanae:

  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Kapiti Line between Wellington and Waikanae from 5 December - 6 December.
  • Buses will be replacing some evening train services on the Kapiti Line between Wellington and Waikanae from 7 December - 10 December.
  • Kapiti Line detailed timetable available soon.

Johnsonville Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Johnsonville:

  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Johnsonville Line between Wellington and Johnsonville from 5 December - 6 December.
  • Buses will be replacing some evening train services on the Johnsonville Line between Wellington and Johnsonville from 7 December - 10 December.
  • Johnsonville Line detailed timetable available soon.

5 December - 10 December

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

  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Petone on 5 December.
  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt on 6 December.
  • Buses will be replacing some daytime train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Taita and Upper Hutt from 7 December - 10 December. 
  • Buses will be replacing some evening train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Petone from 7 December - 10 December. 
  • Hutt Valley Line detailed timetable available soon.

11 December - 20 December

Wairarapa Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Masterton: 

  • Buses will be replacing the last train service on the Wairarapa Line between Wellington and Masterton on 11 December.
  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Wairarapa Line between Wellington and Masterton on 12 December.
  • Buses will be replacing two daytime train services on the Wairarapa Line between Wellington and Masterton on 13 December.
  • Wairarapa Line detailed timetable available soon.

Kapiti Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Porirua and between Wellington and Waikanae:

  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Kapiti Line between Wellington and Porirua on 12 December. 
  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Kapiti Line between Wellington and Waikanae on 13 December. 
  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Kapiti Line between Wellington and Waikanae on 14 December - 17 December. 
  • Kapiti Line detailed timetable available soon.

Johnsonville Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Johnsonville:

  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Johnsonville Line between Wellington and Johnsonville from 12 December - 13 December.
  • Buses will be replacing some evening train services on the Johnsonville Line between Wellington and Johnsonville from 14 December - 17 December.
  • Buses will be replacing some day time train services on the Johnsonville Line between Wellington and Johnsonville on 20 December.
  • Johnsonville Line detailed timetable available soon.

Hutt Valley Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Upper Hutt, between Taita and Upper Hutt and between Wellington and Petone:

  • Buses will be replacing some evening train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt on 11 December. 
  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt on 12 December - 13 December. 
  • Buses will be replacing some daytime train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Taita and Upper Hutt from 14 December - 17 December.
  • Buses will be replacing some evening train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Petone from 14 December - 17 December. 
  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt on 19 December. 
  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Taita and Upper Hutt on 20 December.
  • Hutt Valley 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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