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TRAIN services on the Geelong line have been brought to a halt, leaving passengers stranded for the second time in a week.
A signal fault has stopped Melbourne-bound trains at Geelong while services headed to Geelong from Melbourne were halted at Werribee about noon.
Buses were being brought in to ferry stranded passengers between the two cities, until the fault could be fixed.
Hundreds of frustrated passengers at Geelong Central station were trying to get a seat on the road coaches, which were struggling to keep up with demand.
More than 60 buses have been brought in to offer express services to Melbourne and longer trips that stopped at all suburban stations, leading to longer travel times for people through the peak-hour period.
V/Line spokeswoman Claire Steele said engineers at the scene, in the same Little River - North Shore area where a signal fault last week caused passengers to be stranded inside carriages for up to five hours, had identified a transformer fault and were working to fix the problem.
Last week's paralyis was caused by the failure of a high voltage underground power line and left three trains stranded between Little River and North Shore, trapping hundreds of people on board.
Charles Thompson, 91, had already been forced to stand from Winchelsea to Geelong when he then had to cart his luggage and push through the throng to get aboard the express buses to Melbourne.
“It is just awful. They couldn’t even run a brothel (V/Line).”
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The fault comes just days after the travel plans of thousands of commuters were disrupted, including about 800 stuck inside carriages, when chaos struck the Geelong line during the evening peak on April 4.
This article first appeared on www.geelongadvertiser.com.au
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