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V/Line train services have resumed on the Geelong line this afternoon, nearly 24 hours after a faulty cable caused the suspension of the busy commuter route.
The first Geelong-bound train left Southern Cross Station at midday, and V/Line said all services were expected to run as scheduled this afternoon.
It follows a difficult week for the regional rail operator, which was forced to shut down the line on two separate occasions due to the faulty high-voltage cable.
Yesterday the failure occurred at 12.20pm, forcing thousands of passengers onto buses as engineers scrambled to fix the problem.
V/Line spokeswoman Clare Steele said the fault was in the same cable that caused the suspension of the Geelong line last Tuesday night, resulting in hundreds of passengers being trapped on stationary trains in the middle of a paddock for up to five hours.
Last week the underground cable, which had been laid 25 years ago between Lara and Little River stations, was repaired, however after yesterday’s fault the cable was replaced. Ms Steele said engineers worked throughout the night to replace the cable and finished about 5am today, after which the new equipment needed to be tested.
According to V/Line figures, about 3300 passengers travel from Melbourne to Geelong in the afternoon peak, while about 2900 people travel from Geelong to Melbourne in the morning peak.
Adding to commuters’ woes yesterday were five malfunctioning boom gates in the Geelong-Lara area, caused by the same faulty cable. The ongoing problems were greeted with despair on social networking sites by commuters who have been continually caught up in the problems.
‘‘Wheres the phoney ’ vline apologises for any inconvenience this may cause’ ? I haven’t heard that one since last week,’’ tweeted Noel Lambert.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/geelong-services-back-to-normal-vline-says-20120411-1wnky.html#ixzz1rinWlaz5
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