Valid from: 29/04/2019 7:40am

We are bus replacing three services each morning and afternoon peak on the Johnsonville line due to a driver shortage. This driver shortage is forecast to continue to be tight until mid-2019, but we will update you regularly as the situation changes. During peak on the Johnsonville line trains depart every 15 minutes, but at this time we will bus replace three services each morning and afternoon.

We don’t have enough train drivers to operate our full timetable right now. Despite extensive planning, forecasting, recruiting, and training unfortunately we could not have foreseen this shortage. It takes 12 months to train new drivers in this safety critical role. Our training school is full and we are taking extra measures internally to juggle the roster and use certified staff wherever possible and are working to return to a regular train timetable as soon as we can. 

We are always interested to hear from new recruits who can successfully pass the aptitude tests to become a train driver, and invite those interested to apply here. The next driver intake will be in April 2019 when our current trainees graduate.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, and are doing everything we can to get back to a full train timetable.

Morning Peak

Services replaced by bus from Johnsonville to Wellington

  • 6:00am – alternative train service departs at 6:30am.
  • 7:15am – alternative train services depart at 7:00am & 7:30am.
  • 8:15am – alternative train services depart at 8:00am & 8:30am.

Services replaced by bus from Wellington to Johnsonville

  • 5:32am – alternative train service departs at 6:02am.
  • 6:42am – alternative train services depart at 6:32am & 6:57am.
  • 7:42am – alternative train services depart at 7:27am & 7:57am.

Afternoon Peak

Services replaced by bus from Wellington to Johnsonville

  • 4:17pm – alternative train services depart at 4:02pm or 4:32pm.
  • 5:32pm – alternative train services depart at 6:18pm & 7:02pm.
  • 6:32pm – alternative train services depart at 6:17pm & 7:02pm.

Services replaced by bus from Johnsonville to Wellington

  • 4:45pm – alternative train services depart at 4:30pm or 5:00pm.
  • 6:00pm – alternative train services depart at 5:45pm or 6:15pm.
  • 7:00pm – alternative train services depart at 6:45pm or 7:30pm.

[We will have staff at the busier stations and on buses to help this bus replacement run as smoothly as possible. We are also working with schools in the area to inform them of these bus replacements and how it will impact students.]


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.

Cycles other than folding cycles, will not be carried on the buses replacing trains.  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

Services Affected: