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BRACE yourself Melbourne, today’s commute is going to be a nightmare.
Trains have been cancelled, trams scrapped and commuters will be packed like sardines onto public transport alongside thousands of tennis enthusiasts, with the Australian Open starting today.
V/Line is feeling the heat from commuters, with some of the VLocity trains still pulled from Melbourne tracks as a technical issue is still not rectified.
V/Lines newest addition to its fleet, VLocity trains, were pulled from suburban rail lines in Melbourne following a technical problem where the train failed to trigger boom gates at Dandenong on Friday.
The wheels on the trains are also wearing at a rapid rate and need to be replaced.
The issue could not be rectified over the weekend and commuters from Victoria’s Gippsland region can expect to face delays today.
V/Line’s VLocity trains still won’t operate on Melbourne tracks after an incident on Friday. Picture: John HoyleSource:Supplied
The trains will also not run beyond Pakenham, disrupting those on the Traralgon line.
Commuters will instead catch buses and a Public Transport Victoria spokesman told AAP the investigation into the technical issue would continue this week.
“V/Line is working to minimise disruptions on the Traralgon line and will provide as many coaches as possible between Traralgon and Southern Cross,” he said.
“V/Line services on the Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Seymour lines will operate to a regular timetable.”
Commuters slammed V/Line on Facebook, with one even joking V/Line customers would have to get to work on Eltham’s miniature railway.
Others complained there was not enough notice given on Sunday night about what would happen to their Monday morning commute and some labelled the service as an “absolutely disgrace”.
It is not only the V/Line trains that have been replaced with buses. Three of the city’s busiest tram routes will be disrupted, with work on the super-stop near Crown casino delayed because of power problems.
The work should have finished on Friday but has dragged out and those on routes 12, 96 and 109 will have their commute interrupted and will have to catch replacement buses.
It’s good news for those driving cars though, with roads closed for the tram works reopened today.
It will be business as usual on Whiteman Street in Southbank, Spencer Street and Normanby Road.
Some Yarra trams will be replaced with buses due to delayed works at the new stop near Crown casino. Picture: Paul LoughnanSource:News Corp Australia
For those lucky enough to bask in the sun today and watch the Australian Open, catching a tram from Flinders Street is said to be your best option.
Trips on route 70 and 70A will be free to the tennis with a valid ticket to the tournament.
This article first appeared on www.news.com.au
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