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Melbourne Express: April 11, 2014

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And that's it for another day of Melbourne Express, thanks for joining us. Have a safe weekend and we'll see you on Monday at 6am. Cheers.

Taxi fares are set to rise by up to 30 per cent, the transport minister saying the extra money will mean "better drivers and better services". FULL STORY.

In response to the announcement, drivers are planning to blockade the city today.

The Pixies reformation album Indie Cindy is filled with "instantly recognisable" songs, says our reviewer. It's the rock outfit's first new CD release in 23 years. FULL REVIEW.

The <i>Pixies</i> are fuelling the revolution.

The Pixies are fuelling the revolution.

Seven stories of Australians who have fought on the frontline, seven directors creating a theatrical show, and just one, solo, female performer. The show is called KaBooM: Stories From Distant Frontlines and is contemporary to the max, with projections, aerial work and very loud music. The performance is on nightly until Sunday. FULL DETAILS.

There's been an accident in Richmond on Church St near Bridge Road. Take care moving through the area.

Correcting our mistakes more than half a century later... The Age incorrectly captioned the photo on yesterday's front cover (below) accompanying the article on St Kilda's plan to move back to Junction Oval. The third player from the left was labelled as Ken Marshall. It is, in fact, Ken Mulhall. The error was made in 1955.

Junction Oval now and then: Current St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt (left). Junction Oval, 1955: Harold Davies, Stewart Lennie, Ken Mulhall and Merv Dillon at St Kilda training.

Junction Oval now and then: Current St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt (left). Junction Oval, 1955: Harold Davies, Stewart Lennie, Ken Mulhall and Merv Dillon at St Kilda training. Photo: Getty Images

Top Arts opens today at the NGV. The program - now in its 20th year - gives students who studied VCE Art and Studio Arts last year the opportunity to put their work on public display. The Ian Potter exhibition is free, and will stay open until mid-July. FULL STORY.

Cassandra Min - Symphony Series Top Art start up 2014.

Cassandra Min - Symphony Series Top Art start up 2014. Photo: Joe Armao

An Oakleigh man survived crashing his car just outside Melbourne only to be killed by a passing truck. The 23-year-old was driving through Little River on the Princes Freeway after midnight when he crashed into trees on the median strip. He's believed to have gotten out of his car and stepped on the road, where he was hit by a passing truck.

Craigieburn line delays for city-bound travellers due to a train fault at Broadmeadows.

3AW's Yvette Gray is reporting that hoon drivers will have their vehicles immobilised at their homes in a new Victoria Police pilot program. 

Melbourne Express has a special giveaway this morning - tickets to the Comedy Fest's The Late Night Board Game Slumber Party - a show that 'combines the fun of a board game night with the hilarity that comedians offer'.

You can win one of two double passes to tonight's show using the promo codes: DSXDGB8F and TA2C93R4. Once those are gone, you can still get half-price tickets with the promo code EXPRESS.

More information about the show and the link to win, or buy the tickets, can be found HERE. Get in quick!

The Late Night Board Game Slumber Party at this year's Comedy Fest.

The Late Night Board Game Slumber Party at this year's Comedy Fest.

You might want to allow extra time today if you're passing through the CBD - taxi drivers are planning to blockade the city. FULL STORY.

High Street in Ashburton is blocked eastbound because of a car collision. A lane is also blocked northbound on Warrigal Road.

High Street lane in Ashburton is blocked eastbound due to a car crash.

High Street lane in Ashburton is blocked eastbound due to a car crash.

The Age's picture editor selects some of today's best photos from around the world.

A member of the Cryophil winter swimmers club, sunbathes as he sits on an ice floe on the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Click for more photos

Picture Editor's Choice, April 11, 2014

A member of the Cryophil winter swimmers club, sunbathes as he sits on an ice floe on the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Photo: Reuters

  • A member of the Cryophil winter swimmers club, sunbathes as he sits on an ice floe on the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
  • Ducks in flight and pilings are reflected in the water of Eastchester Bay in New York.
  • Aerial view of flowers fields near the Keukenhof park, also known as the Garden of Europe, in Lisse, Netherlands.
  • Elephants spray water at tourists in celebration of the Songkran water festival in Thailand's Ayutthaya province.
  • A tourist reacts as an elephant sprays her with water in celebration of the Songkran water festival in Thailand's Ayutthaya province.
  • Afghan shoppers look for brooms at a roadside shop in Herat.
  • A Seleka fighter drives in a vehicle in the town of Bria, Central African Republic.
  • A woman looks at bronze sculptures "Meercat 1" and "Meercat 2" by British artist Laura Ford at the "Art Cologne" art fair in Cologne.
  • Two women interact with the installation 'Infinity Island' by Irish artist Maser at the exhibition 'OM-D: Photography Playground' in Berlin.
  • Visitors interact with the installation 'Berlin Facade' by Argentine artist Leandro Erlich at the exhibition 'OM-D: Photography Playground' in Berlin.
  • A man walks past the installation 'Berlin Facade' by Argentine artist Leandro Erlich as part of the exhibition 'OM-D: Photography Playground' in Berlin.
  • A model poses backstage ahead of the We Are Handsome show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

Update to Cranbourne and Pakenham lines: trains have resumed, but services will still experience short delays and some trains may be changed to bypass the city loop.

Oddspot for today... Two Minnesota burglary suspects have been charged after an apparent break-in during which they alerted police with accidental "pocket calls". A police dispatcher took two calls made during the emergency call option on the suspect's phone. Police arrived at the premises, reportedly finding the suspects with a TV and other items.

Cranbourne and Pakenham line trains are being held up while police access the track at Yarraman. Delays of around 15 minutes in both directions.

On the front of our newspaper today… Taxi fares are set to rise up to 30 per cent by the end of May, with fares to depend on when you travel and what day it is. FULL STORY. And tensions grow between Victoria and Canberra, after the state government took three months to clarify its budget demands on Commonwealth infrastructure funding. FULL STORY.

Get your geek on at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo this weekend - Australia's answer to Comic-con. Fans of all things comics, animation, gaming, movies and fantasy are invited to gather together at the Showgrounds from today until Sunday. Then it's back into the study at home. FULL DETAILS.

Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Brisbane last year... you get the general idea.

Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Brisbane last year... you get the general idea. Photo: Michelle Smith

Route 6 trams towards Melbourne University are diverting via Dandenong Road due to a defective tram on High Street.

Expect more rain today in Melbourne, though not quite as much, with a top of 19 degrees.

Meanwhile, a severe weather warning has been issued for East Gippsland. The Bureau of Meteorology has forecasted winds of around 60 km/h with peaks of 90 km/h for the coastal fringe and higher areas this evening, mainly around Point Hicks.Heavy rain is expected from this afternoon, which may lead to flash flooding.

In case you missed it yesterday, Prime Minister Tony Abbott unsuspectingly became the butt of the joke on social media after tweeting a photo of him on the phone. Click below for a video and a laugh.

Today's horoscopesFULL DETAILS.

In business today... SPI futures is down 56 points. The Aussie dollar is buying 94.12 US cents, 95.53 Japanese yen, 67.76 Euro cents and 56.07 British pence. FULL DETAILS

Update on the Little River crash from reporter Patrick Hatch: Police have confirmed the man killed by a truck in Little River overnight is a 23-year-old man from Oakleigh. His next of kin have now been notified of his death.

Todd McKenney isn't quite ready to leave the Boy From Oz behind him. He'll hit the Palms stage at Crown tonight singing a collection of songs as Peter Allen, also promising to share stories from working on Dancing with the Stars. FULL DETAILS.

Todd McKenney performs as Peter Allen at the Palms.

Todd McKenney performs as Peter Allen at the Palms. Photo: John MANGAN

One lane is closed on Plenty Road outbound in Preston, between Bell Street and Gower Street, due to emergency gas works. Allow extra time if you’re travelling through the area.

The Transport Minister and Taxi Services Commissioner will face the media at 8.30am to answer questions on the new taxi fare structure. Here's our FULL STORY on the expected fare increases.

What do you think of paying more for taxis to 'improve service'? Send us a tweet to #melbourneexpress or email me tvanderriet@theage.com.au.

Rose has written in to us saying: "Unless they can promise nice clean cars, and drivers who know where they're going and who won't use their phone while driving - why even bother when we have Uber in Melbourne? Nicer cars, and drivers who know the city they're driving in."

As we reported earlier... A man survived crashing his car just outside Melbourne only to be killed by a passing truck. He was driving through Little River on the Princes Freeway after midnight when he crashed into trees on the median strip. He's believed to have gotten out of his car and stepped on the road, where he was hit by a passing truck.

Hunters and Collectors will be on the stage at the Palais in St Kilda tonight as part of their first major tour for 15 years. They're playing tonight and tomorrow. Both shows are sold out, no surprises there, but eBay would certainly be worth a check if you're a big fan.

Hunters and Collectors performing in early January.

Hunters and Collectors performing in early January. Photo: Steve LunamAustralian Picture N

Not as much rain to hit Melbourne today and a top of 19 degrees expected. In Gippsland, however, a severe weather warning has been issued for heavy rain and wind. FULL DETAILS

A collision outbound on the Tullamarine Freeway just after the Ring Road has traffic slowing in the area.

Meanwhile, police and ambulance services haven't been alerted to any motorcycle crash on the West Gate at this stage.

On the nation's political front this morning... PM Tony Abbott is in Shanghai with state premiers and business folk as he continues his visit to North Asia. FULL STORY.

The APSI international conference on submarines continues today in Canberra from 9am.

Senator Penny Wong will give the Jesse Street Trust lecture today in Sydney, urging women across the political spectrum to call themselves feminists. FULL STORY.

Tony Abbott greets Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the Boao business forum. <i>Photo: Alex Ellinghausen</i>

Tony Abbott greets Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the Boao business forum. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Melbourne is still feeling the effects of the past fews days of heavy rain, with Old Dandenong Road in Heatherton closed due to flooding.

Traffic signals are out on City Road in Southbank, and on Elizabeth Street, near Queensberry Street, in the CBD. Signals are on flash outside the World Trade Centre on Flinders Street in Docklands.

Melbourne has copped a drenching as the clouds set in.

Melbourne has copped a drenching as the clouds set in. Photo: Angela Wylie, File Photo

We're hearing reports a motorcyclist has been hit on the West Gate Freeway, city-bound. Chasing it up now.

Taxi fares are set to rise up to 30 per cent by the end of May. Cost increases will depend on the time and day you travel. Are you happy to pay more to 'improve service'? Let us know your thoughts. Send us a Tweet to #melbourneexpress or email me tvanderriet@theage.com.au.

The track fault has lifted on the Hurstbridge line, but Metro Trains say short delays continue.

Our Adam Scott is doing very well at the US Masters, currently 3-under par. Jason Day, on the other hand, is nowhere to be seen on the leaderboard. LIVE BLOG.

Hunting in a pack: Fellow Australians Matt Jones and Adam Scott.

Hunting in a pack: Fellow Australians Matt Jones and Adam Scott. Photo: Getty Images

The recalled Coles Easter eggs.

The recalled Coles Easter eggs.

Coles has issued an urgent recall on Easter eggs because they may have caused an allergic reaction in some people. The brand in question is the 'Hollow Milk Chocolate Easter Eggs' sold in a 204-gram 12-pack. FULL STORY.

A man who was stuck under a tram in Collingwood has been rescued and taken to hospital. He somehow became trapped between the tram and concrete barrier at a stop on Victoria Parade near Clarendon Street around 5am. More coming from online reporter Steve Lillebuen.

A man survived crashing his car just outside Melbourne only to be killed by a passing truck. He was driving through Little River on the Princes Freeway after midnight when he crashed into trees on the median strip. He's believed to have gotten out of his car and stepped on the road, where he was hit by a passing truck. More coming soon from our reporter Patrick Hatch...

On the front of our newspaper today… Taxi fares are set to rise up to 30 per cent by the end of May, with fares to depend on when you travel and what day it is. FULL STORY. And tensions grow between Victoria and Canberra, after the state government took three months to clarify its budget demands on Commonwealth infrastructure funding. FULL STORY.

The Napthine government will raise Melbourne taxi fares for the first time since 2008.

The Napthine government will raise Melbourne taxi fares for the first time since 2008. Photo: Ken Irwin

Delays on the Hurstbridge line in both directions due to a track fault.

Customers were evacuated as flames engulfed a Hungry Jacks outlet in Taylors Lakes last night. No one was injured and damages are estimated at $250,000. It didn't take long for the jokes to begin.

Another day of rain today for the city and a top of 19 degrees. Yesterday's severe weather warnings have been lifted in all districts except for Gippsland, where strong winds and heavy rain are expected. FULL DETAILS.

Radar image Melbourne on Friday morning.

Radar image Melbourne on Friday morning.

Good morning, welcome to Melbourne Express. It's Tessa van der Riet here with you this morning. We'll be updating traffic, trains, trams, weather and breaking news until 9am. If you have a news tip or photo from around town for us, please email tvanderriet@theage.com.au. Cheers.