It’s Easter weekend and that invariably means the rail network is shut down for works.
Auckland Transport advises the rail network will be closed for Easter and there are changes to timetables for buses and ferries during the holiday break.
Friday 18 April (Good Friday) and Monday (Easter Monday) 21 April are public holidays, therefore buses and ferries will operate on a public holiday (Sunday) timetable.
For more information about trains, buses or ferries go to www.at.govt.nz or phone 09 366 6400 to talk to our AT Contact Centre team.
There will be no trains or rail replacement buses operating on Good Friday. For the remainder of Easter weekend, trains will be replaced by rail bus replacement services as ongoing track work continues, ahead of the first electric train services later this month.
To board a rail bus you need to be waiting at the temporary bus stop location and not a regular bus stop. Signage directing you to the correct location will be posted at the station’s entrance and temporary timetables will be on display at rail bus stops. Buses will be marked Rail Bus.
All valid tickets and passes currently accepted on trains can be used on rail bus replacements.
Some of the work taking place along the rail corridor includes:
- Extending the station platform at Middlemore and Avondale
- Canopy works at Onehunga and Ellerslie
- Wall drilling preparatory works at Parnell
- General maintenance and electrification preparatory works
On Good Friday and Easter Monday buses will run to a public holiday (Sunday) timetable.
Airbus Express and the Manukau-Airport service (380) will operate as normal.
There will be no Good Friday NiteRider services. Note however the NiteRider will run as normal on Saturday night/Sunday morning.
On Good Friday and Easter Monday ferries will run to a public holiday (Sunday) timetable. There will be no services for West Harbour, Pine Habour, Gulf Harbour, Hobsonville and Beach Haven.
The NZ Transport Agency anticipates that traffic on all motorways leaving Auckland will be heavy on Thursday and Good Friday as people head out of town, and it advises them to plan the timing of their travel to avoid congestion and delays.
The Transport Agency says there will be two significant project-related road closures in the city over Easter. Wellesley Street east near the two universities will be closed for work related to the construction of the Grafton Gully cycleway, and the westbound Northwestern Motorway (SH16) off-ramp at Great North Road will be closed for work related to the Waterview Connection project.
Like I’ve said before about the Christmas shutdowns, I hope that with Electrification being completed this year I really hope this is the last Easter weekend we see large scale network shutdowns. While frustrating I do understand the need to do this work so I’m not complaining about that but one thing I do want to complain about is this line.
There will be no trains or rail replacement buses operating on Good Friday. For the remainder of Easter weekend, trains will be replaced by rail bus replacement services
Both Good Friday and Christmas day are unique in Auckland in that AT completely shut the network without any kind of rail bus replacements. With AT and the council meant to be trying to dramatically improve PT in Auckland this is completely unacceptable. We (as a city) want greater numbers of people using PT and over time that means more and more people are likely to be living without a car and will rely on PT for getting around – in fact many do it already. This will only be heightened once the new bus network comes in and there are less competing bus routes.
So come on Auckland Transport, surely it’s time to drop the archaic practice of not even having a replacement bus service.