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Thousands of peak-hour train passengers headed to Melbourne’s eastern suburbs face delays of up to 15 minutes after an equipment failure this afternoon.
The track-circuit failure - a fault in wiring that connects signals to tracks - happened near Burnley station just after 3pm and sent the Belgrave, Lilydale, Glen Waverley and Alamein lines into meltdown.
Some passengers faced waits of up to 50 minutes as engineers raced to fix the fault. Buses replaced services between Richmond and Camberwell.
Engineers repaired the fault by about 4pm but Metro said commuters could face delays until 7pm as the system slowly returned to normal.
The length of delays would decrease throughout the evening, spokesman Chris Whitefield said.
‘‘Our maintenance staff got there as soon as possible,’’ he said.
‘‘We are sorry for all the delays it caused.
‘‘We worked as fast was we could and it was good we could . . . fix it in that time.’’
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