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THERE are delays on all train lines due to an alarm activating in the City Loop.
Trains are currently running direct to Flinders St
Wet weather and “infrastructure issues” are causing further delays on the Belgrave and Lilydale lines.
Earlier this morning the lines were suspended on the day they were due to reopen following months of works.
Early morning commuters, who were left stranded in the rain, vented their frustration to 3AW, with one person claiming he was told the tracks had not signed off as being safe.
“Us early starters are stuck in the rain with nowhere to go,” one caller said.
Trains at Flinders St Station this morning. Picture: Nicole GarmstonSource:News Corp Australia
Trains were due to return on the lines between Blackburn and Ringwood today after the removal of two dangerous level crossings at Blackburn Rd and Heatherdale Rd.
The new Heatherdale train station and an upgraded Blackburn station will also open, while Blackburn Rd and Heatherdale Rd will reopen to traffic after 41 days of construction.
RELATED: Melbourne’s worst level crossing removed
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Trains will run under Blackburn and Heatherdale roads for the first time, with new pedestrian bridges built at Purches Street in Mitcham and Cottage Street in Blackburn, and a third under construction at King Street and Oliver Avenue in Blackburn.
It will mark the ninth and 10th level crossings removed by the Andrews Government, with 10 more underway and another seven that will begin this year.
Inspecting the new train station on Heatherdale Rd today, Premier Daniel Andrews said the level crossings were “relics of the past” and needed to be removed.
“We’ve spent every single day of the last two years removing the dangerous and congested level crossings that should have gone so long ago,” Mr Andrews said.
“This is one of the biggest projects this part of Melbourne has seen and it’s been delivered so well from the dedicated team that have been a part of it.”
Mr Andrews did not rule out announcing more level crossing removals in the coming years.
Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said the level crossings removals were improving access to public transport throughout Melbourne.
“In the previous ten years before we came to office, only seven level crossings were removed. Just on two years, we’re up to 10,” Ms Allan said.
This article first appeared on www.news.com.au
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