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Trains across Melbourne were halted this morning mid peak leaving thousands of passengers stranded. A smoke alarm was detected at Metro Trains control centre called Metrol which caused an immediate evacuation. Trains were "parked" at platforms where they could be found and others left on the tracks parked and full of commuters.
Trains were running again by 8.45am. However expensive delays were experienced across the network and especially when accessing the Melbourne Underground Rail loop. Delays are now expected for much the morning as services get back to normal and trains are re-positioned across the network in preparation for the evening peak.
Metro's website was only showing minor delays on some lines which was in stark contrast to the actually state of services on many lines.
Railpage reported a similar issue late in 2014 which also caused significant delays across the network, however on this occasion the issue took place on a Saturday morning. For further information regarding the previous Metrol evacuation issue please see: http://www.railpage.com.au/news/article-15153
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