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IT'S going to be another long hot summer for train commuters it seems, with Connex already cancelling 34 services so far today, many due to the heat.
Cancellations started becoming more frequent this afternoon after temperatures hit 33 degrees at noon.
It has since climbed to 34.5 degrees — the temperature at which Connex earlier this year told the Brumby Government the city's train fleet would start to fail.
A spokeswoman for Connex, Lanie Harris, said it was not the heat that was causing trains to fail, saying instead that the high rate of cancellations was due to a backlog of maintenance caused by running so many extra services over the course of the Spring racing carnival.
Ms Harris said it was unlikely there would be a repeat of the disruption caused in January and February this year, when thousands of train services were cancelled.
"The extreme disruptions during January were during a heatwave when the train system endured three days over 40 degrees," she said.
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