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THE destabilisation of parts of the Hurstbridge railway line in Christmas Day's ferocious storms has sparked deep concern about the safety and maintenance program of Melbourne's rail tracks.
Around four kilometres of the track between Hurstbridge and Macleod were left dangerously unstable after hours of rain and hail swept away ballast that supports it.
Metro spokeswoman Leah Waymark said yesterday the operator was alerted to the problem just before 8pm when one train without passengers left Hurstbridge station to be stabled.
After seeing water and debris near Eltham station, the driver obtained special permission from the control centre before moving to the other end of the train and driving it back to Hurstbridge.
The process of turning the train around took about 90 minutes, Ms Waymark said.
Public Transport Users Association president Daniel Bowen said the track would not have been able to support a train in places where the ballast was washed away.
He said it underlined the importance of regular maintenance and the need to improve the quality of Melbourne's tracks.
''We're lucky a train wasn't passing over it when that happened,'' he said. ''[It could have been] potentially a major derailment. It does flag that the government and Metro need to ensure that infrastructure is safe even in extreme weather events.
''The track alone is not going to support a train carriage on it.
''At the very least passengers are going to get a big jolt and potentially [they will get] something much more serious.''
He added that Metro must keep passengers informed about any changes to the timetable the incident would cause.
Ms Waymark said all rail services between the two stations were cancelled when the danger was realised.
All trains had been replaced by buses that would run on the same timetable as train services, with the line expected to be operating by tomorrow. This meant passengers would not be adversely affected, she said.
She would not speculate on what might have happened if a train had passed over the exposed track.
SES crews and Metro engineers spent yesterday repairing the damage.
Eltham MP Steve Herbert said it was vital repairs were made as soon as possible to cope with people returning to work.
A spokesman for Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the government was spending $100 million more annually on track maintenance than the previous government.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/storm-toll-sparks-rail-safety-fear-20111226-1paj3.html
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