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A lightning strike caused a signal failure at Caulfield station
this morning, forcing cancellations of trains on two main lines,
affecting about 20,000 commuters.
Connex spokesman Andrew Cassidy said technicians were now
testing solutions to the problem, which he estimated would be
resolved by lunchtime at the latest.
Limited services resumed about 8am after a team of signal
technicians was sent to the station.
There have been no services into the city on the Frankston,
Pakenham and Cranbourne lines since around 6.45am.
However, services to and from the city are still running at 50
per cent between Oakleigh — on the Pakenham and
Cranbourne lines — and Moorabbin, on the Frankston
Connex had shuttle trains running between Frankston and
Moorabbin, and Pakenham, Cranbourne and Oakleigh. These ran at
close-to-normal times, but about 90 per cent of commuters had to
change trains to travel further, facing massive delays in the
stretch to Caulfield.
Mr Cassidy said commuters who were already in trains should add
another half hour to their trip, while those not yet traveling
should expect delays of between half an hour and an hour.
He said services running straight from each terminus to the city
had now resumed.
The signal failure was reported by a driver about 6am.
It has been a busy morning for the rail operator. Services
through North Melbourne ground to a halt between 8.40am and 9am
when a passenger fell ill and a train was stopped when paramedics
On the Belgrave and Lilydale lines, an overhead powerline fault
unrelated to this morning's storms shut down the power supply
between Croydon and Mitcham.
Services to and from the city stopped for 20 minutes until
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