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The Gold Coast Titans' ongoing struggle for a match crowd was dealt a further blow on Monday night, when rail passengers were stranded on their way to its NRL clash with Manly at Robina.
Powerlines came down over train lines between Helensvale and Nerang stations on the northern Gold Coast mid-commuter peak hour, stranding passengers on services in both directions.
Many travellers took to social media to vent their frustration at the lack of communication from Queensland Rail, as the rail authority worked to arrange replacement bus services.
However, many also jumped to its defence, praising the regular information being disseminated on social media accounts of both Queensland Rail and Translink.
A Queensland Rail spokeswoman said services would continue to be affected on Tuesday morning, as crews continued to work to clear the track.
Services were suspended throughout the night, with buses replacing scheduled early morning services.
The Queensland Rail spokeswoman said trains would run during the morning peak but buses would again replace rail services between 8.15am and 3pm.
She said services should be back to normal by the afternoon peak.
What caused the lines to come down was still under investigation, she said.
In a statement on Monday night, Queensland Rail said safety was the authority's top priority.
"At approximately 5.00pm (Monday 13 July) we received reports that an overhead power line was damaged and had come down between Helensvale and Nerang stations," the statement read.
This article first appeared on www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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