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Melbourne’s train network is set to return to normal after heavy delays which stranded regional and metropolitan travellers for hours tonight.
Metro announced the signal fault has been fixed and outbound delays should soon reduce.
But citybound services remain delayed as trains are out of position.
Earlier tonight, the transport provider urged Cranbourne and Pakenham line commuters to defer travel or consider other transport options as they faced significant delays.
Both lines were delayed by up to 80 minutes.
Seven engineering teams were investigating the signal fault, said Metro director of operations Ron Bria.
“We sincerely apologise to our passengers for major delays on the Cranbourne and Pakenham line this afternoon,” he said.
“We’re asking passengers to plan ahead, defer their travel if possible and consider other transport options.”
Limited trains were able to run between Oakleigh and Dandenong under strict safety precautions.
“While trains continue to operate, we have 61 buses in operation or en route to supplement train services,” Mr Bria said.
“We are investigating the route cause, which may not be known until after services this evening.”
The delays also saw regional Victorians stranded in the city until after dark as faults suspend major train lines, with Gippsland passengers advised of two-hour-plus delays due to a track fault in the metro area.
At one stage, Bairnsdale passengers were not be able to catch a train for 142 minutes and the Morwell line was also delayed by 113 minutes.
Commuters heading to Traralgon were told their trains would not run at all.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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