Valid from: 10/08/2020 4:30am

Why is my train replaced by bus?

Maintaining Our Railways

Future Rail

10 August calender

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 (10 August - 13 September)  PDF - 103 KB

10 August - 12 August 2020

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

14 August - 16 August 2020

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

  • Buses will be replacing the last train service on Wairarapa Line between Wellington and Masterton on 14 August.
  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Wairarapa Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt on 15 August.
  • Buses will be replacing some daytime train services on the Wairarapa Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt and between Wellington and Masterton on 16 August.
  • Wairarapa Line detailed timetable available soon.

15 August - 19 August 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 15 August - 16 August.
  • Buses will be replacing some evening train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt from 17 August - 19 August.
  • Hutt Valley Line detailed timetable available soon.

16 August - 19 August 2020

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

  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Kapiti Line between Porirua and Waikanae on 16 August. 
  • Buses will be replacing some evening train services on the Kapiti Line between Wellington and Waikanae from 17 August - 19 August.
  • Kapiti Line detailed timetable available soon. 

21 August 2020

Hutt Valley and Melling Lines - bus replacements between Wellington and Upper Hutt and between Wellington and Melling:

  • Buses will be replacing some daytime train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt and on the Melling Line between Wellington and Melling on 21 August.
  • Hutt Valley Line and Melling Line detailed timetables available soon.

Kapiti Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Waikanae:

  • Buses will be replacing some daytime train services on the Kapiti Line between Wellington and Waikanae on 21 August.
  • Kapiti Line detailed timetable available soon.

Wairarapa Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Masterton:

  • Buses will be replacing some daytime train services on the Wairarapa Line between Wellington and Masterton on 21 August.
  • Wairarapa Line detailed timetable available soon.

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 21 August.
  • Johnsonville Line detailed timetable available soon.

23 August - 3 September 2020

Hutt Valley and Melling Lines - bus replacements between Wellington and Upper Hutt and between Wellington and Melling:

  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt on 23 August.
  • Buses will be replacing some daytime train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt and on the Melling Line between Wellington and Melling from 24 August - 27 August.
  • Buses will be replacing some evening train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt on 28 August.
  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt from 29 August - 30 August.
  • Buses will be replacing some daytime train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt and on the Melling Line between Wellington and Melling from 31 August - 3 September.
  • Hutt Valley Line and Melling Line detailed timetables available soon.

23 August - 27 August 2020

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

  • Buses will be replacing some daytime train services on the Wairarapa Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt from 23 August - 27 August.
  • Wairarapa Line detailed timetable available soon.

29 August - 3 September 2020

  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Wairarapa Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt on 29 August.
  • Buses will be replacing some daytime train services on the Wairarapa Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt from 30 August - 3 September.
  • Wairarapa Line detailed timetable available soon.

5 September - 9 September 2020

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

  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Trentham and Upper Hutt on 5 September.
  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt on 6 September.
  • Buses will be replacing some evening train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt from 7 September - 9 September. 
  • Hutt Valley Line detailed timetable available soon.

11 September - 13 September 2020

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

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

12 September - 13 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 12 September - 13 September.
  • Hutt Valley Line detailed timetable available soon.

Johnsonville Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Johnsonville:

  • Buses will be replacing some daytime train services on the Johnsonville Line between Wellington and Johnsonville from 12 September - 13 September.
  • Johnsonville Line detailed timetable available soon.

13 September 2020

Kapiti Line - bus replacements between Wellington and Porirua:

  • Buses will be replacing all train services on the Kapiti Line between Wellington and Porirua on 13 September.
  • 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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