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That's all we've got time for this morning, thanks for reading Melbourne Express. Enjoy the holiday long-weekend, and we'll be back here on Monday morning as usual.

Delays on the Pakenham line have blown out to 20 minutes, but the line has at least started moving again...

This just in from America's Associated Press...

The best photos from around the world as chosen by The Age's pic ed Leigh Henningham...

Two ducks cross in front of members of the guards and household cavalry during pageantry for the State Opening of Parliament in London. Click for more photos

Picture Editor's Choice, June 6, 2014

Two ducks cross in front of members of the guards and household cavalry during pageantry for the State Opening of Parliament in London. Photo: Reuters

  • Two ducks cross in front of members of the guards and household cavalry during pageantry for the State Opening of Parliament in London.
  • Yeomen of the Guard prepare to conduct the ceremonial search ahead of the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster in London.
  • Chinese Paramilitary police officers salute each other as they stand guard below a portrait of the late leader Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square.
  • Spanish matador Antonio Ferrera performs a pass to a bull during the San Isidro Feria at the Las Ventas bullring in Madrid.
  • Brantley Gilbert performs Bottoms Up during the 2014 CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • A woman looks on the living replica of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh's famously severed ear which is displayed at Culture and media museum ZKM, in Karlsruhe, south-western Germany.
  • Former member of French Captain Philippe Kieffer's green berets commando Leon Gautier, 91, attends a commando ceremony in Colleville-Montgomery.
  • German street artist Florian Timm, 27, creates giant soap bubbles on Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Local residents wait on the roof of houses surrounded by flood water in the settlement of Ust-Charish in Russia's Altai region.
  • Thousands of people crowd Victoria Park to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square protests with a candle light vigil in Hong Kong.
  • Dancers of the Imperfect Dancers Company of Italy perform in Cali, Colombia.
  • A woman poses for a photo on a grand piano that has been left beside the East River, during a fashion shoot underneath the Brooklyn Bridge, New York.

Our earlier advice was the South Gippsland Highway in Cranbourne would be open after 8pm after that horror crash, but it's now almost 9 and the road remains closed.

Meanwhile on the trains Metro have just let us know about 15 minute delays on the Pakenham line with police currently in the middle of an action at the Pakenham station.

Making news this morningAbbott stands by 'friends' Bolt and Jones in Turnbull stoush; more than half a million young people could need emergency assistance after Abbott welfare changes;Investigation: Kathy Jackson used $1m in HSU funds.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives in Paris.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives in Paris. Photo: Andrew Meares

Google this morning took the wrapping off a new tablet with multiple cameras that's designed to build a 3D picture of the environment.

Prototype: The development kit is capable of tracking 3-dimensional motion and capture the dimensions of surfaces.

Prototype: The development kit is capable of tracking 3-dimensional motion and capture the dimensions of surfaces.

Bike lanes work - they double the number of cyclists on a road and halve the number of accidents. That's according to a confidential government report

Bike lanes are highly effective, according to a leaked government report.

Bike lanes are highly effective, according to a leaked government report. Photo: Penny Stephens

Metro are reporting that there are 10-minute delays on the Pakenham Line while "police attend to a request" at Pakenham.

Problems at Kensington Station once again

Meanwhile...

Wrapping traffic:

  • The Todd road exit ramp on the West Gate Bridge is blocked because of a crash

  • Tullamarine Freeway easing, although there are delays on the Bolte Bridge. The Monash is running delay-free.

Making headlines around the worldDer Spiegel reports immigrants to Germany may be the key to the country's future; the Guardian reports that Obama wants Scotland to remain part of the UK; Singapore’s Straits Times leads reforms to the country's health insurance; the Japan Times has news on a new emotion-reading robot to go on sale next year; and the Daily Mail has the Queen visiting France.

Obama wants Scotland to remain a part of the UK.

Obama wants Scotland to remain a part of the UK. Photo: AFP/Jim Watson

Some companies have decided to scrap management altogether, relying on contract-style agreements between workers. Seth Stevenson writes in praise of the boss-less office.

Is the future boss-less?

Is the future boss-less?

"Singer Lana Del Rey says she cringes when people bring up feminism and says the topic pales in comparison to developing space technologies", reports Rose Powell.

Del Rey is set to release her second album.

Del Rey is set to release her second album.

The Miss Universe finals are today - video journalist Tessa van der Riet compiled this report.

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Metro Trains to spend millions on fencing off Melbourne's rail suicide hot spots, reports Adam Carey.

Metro says a person is struck by a train more than once a week on average in Melbourne.

Metro says a person is struck by a train more than once a week on average in Melbourne. Photo: John Woudstra

Big story from Elizabeth Knight - Optus is seeking to kickstart a data war between the big telcos with its new, very generous, mobile data offerings.

Optus wants to start a data war.

Optus wants to start a data war.

Currently 9 degrees in Melbourne with a top of 17. Cloudy, with lots of fog this morning.

Finding love in all the wrong places...

We now have more details on that Cranbourne crash from Patrick Hatch:

A woman who remains in The Alfred Hospital in a critical condition is a 19-year-old from Cranbourne, while the man who was driving is an 18-year-old from Lynbrook. He is in The Alfred with minor injuries. The driver of the Commodore is an 18-year-old Cranbourne man who was taken to the Dandenong Hospital with minor injuries. His passenger, a 19-year-old man also from Cranbourne, was taken to The Alfred with serious injuries.

Police have confirmed all four know each other.

Updating finance, local stocks are poised to open higher after Europe's central bank announced plans to pump more stimulus into the economy. The dollar is buying 93.38 US cents, 95.65 Japanese yen, 68.36 Euro cents and 55.53 British pence. Gold, oil, iron are up: FULL DETAILS

Recapping our top story: there's been a horror crash on the South Gippsland Highway in Cranbourne.

  • Police say a Holden Commodore and a Ford Falcon were travelling side-by-side in the south-bound lane about 11.30 last night. 3AW has reported police suspect the two drivers may have been drag racing.
  • The driver of the Ford is believed to have lost control of his car and hit the Commodore, forcing both cars off the road. Both mounted the median strip and crashed into a concrete pole.
  • A female passenger in the Ford was flown to The Alfred Hospital with life threatening injuries, while a passenger in the Holden is in hospital with serious injuries. The two drivers were hospitalised with minor injuries.
  • paramedics arrived at the scene to find both cars in flames. The woman flown to hospital in a critical condition was trapped inside the Ford for about half an hour and suffered head injuries and burns to her arms, back and legs. 

Wrapping traffic:

  • Hearing reports of a crash on the Ring Road near Boundary Road. Left lane is blocked and delays are starting to back up.
  • We're now hearing that one lane has been opened on Kings Way, but two are still closed at Albert Road after an earlier crash left a motorcycle on the bonnet of a taxi.

And on the trains:

  • There are major delays on the Sunbury Line due to a train fault at Watergardens. Multiple services cancelled.
  • Major delays on the Belgrave Line of 20 minutes in both directions after a signal fault at Upwey. Multiple services cancelled, buses currently being sent to help ferry commuters.
  • The Stony Point Line is suspended altogether. Buses being sent to ferry passengers but Metro say it'll take a while to get them in place.

 

A new Twitter account emerges - we're not sure the source of this one, nor the frustrations behind it. Only one tweet so far, we'll be watching closely.

Heavy fog across Melbourne is making the lives of the city's transport reporters very difficult.

If you're running Android on your phone you should see a new software update, 4.4.3, start to filter out from this week. The update doesn't come with any new features but should improve performance - and squash lots of bugs, Google says.

If your phone runs Android a new software update is coming your way.

If your phone runs Android a new software update is coming your way. Photo: Reuters

Today's cartoons from the paper...

Today's cartoon from Matt Golding.

Today's cartoon from Matt Golding.

Hearing reports of a crash on the Ring Road near Boundary Road. Left lane is blocked and delays are starting to back up.

Today's Odd Spot: "A Florida man has been charged after he allegedly impersonated a police officer to pull over a driver who turned out to be a real detective. Police say Matthew Lee McMahon activated blue emergency lights on his car and tried to stop the detective, who was driving an unmarked police vehicle." MORE ODD SPOT.

More photos coming in of that horror crash in Cranbourne which left four people in hospital, one with critical injuries.

We're now hearing that one lane has been opened on Kings Way, but two are still closed at Albert Road after an earlier crash left a motorcycle on the bonnet of a taxi.

Our top story: "Tony Abbott stands by 'friends' Andrew Bolt and Alan Jones over stoush with Malcolm Turnbull".

Broadcaster Alan Jones.

Broadcaster Alan Jones.

A slew of new releases for your weekend movie viewing:

  • Edge of Tomorrow stars a constantly-resurrected Tom Cruise. Think Looper. 3 stars.
  • The Fault in Our Stars follows two young cancer-stricken teens in love... but quickly becomes "emotionally manipulative in the extreme", says Jake Wilson. 3 stars.
  • Omar follows the life of a man caught between two sides in Palestine. 3.5 stars.

Find a session using our interactive movie guide.

Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow.

Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow. Photo: Supplied

Lots of train issues this morning:

  • There are major delays on the Sunbury Line due to a train fault at Watergardens. Multiple services cancelled.
  • Major delays on the Belgrave Line of 20 minutes in both directions after a signal fault at Upwey. Multiple services cancelled, buses currently being sent to help ferry commuters.
  • The Stony Point Line is suspended altogether. Buses being sent to ferry passengers but Metro say it'll take a while to get them in place

More on that Kings Way crash from Patrick Hatch and it appears a motorcyclist and a car have collided. Paramedics are on scene but the motorcyclist's injuries do not appear to be serious and he won't be taken to hospital.

Fairfax photographer Andrew Meares is with the Prime Minister in France and captured this early morning image.

A burglar with an appetite for fried food and fast cash has robbed a fish and chip shop in CarltonPatrick Hatch reports.

Police say the man placed an order at the Lygon Street store about 12.50pm on Wednesday, before asking staff where the closest toilets were.

But instead of relieving himself, the man went to an upstairs office and relieved the store of a "significant" amount of cash from an unlocked safe.

He then returned downstairs, collected his food and left.

Police believe the man was also behind an attempted burglary at a yoghurt shop on Faraday Street, Carlton, about 4pm on May 30.

 

A man police wish to speak to in relation to the robbery.

A man police wish to speak to in relation to the robbery.

We've now got an accident in Kings Way near Albert Road. Only the left lane is open and delays are building.

Lots of fog across Melbourne - please be careful on the roads.

Making news this morning: Abbott stands by 'friends' Bolt and Jones in Turnbull stoush; more than half a million young people could need emergency assistance after Abbott welfare changes;Investigation: Kathy Jackson used $1m in HSU funds.

Andrew Bolt.

Andrew Bolt. Photo: Justin McManus

Fitzroy's Grub Food Van finishes its run this Sunday, so get in quick for slow-cooked American barbecue and slaw. The smoker's an old smoke machine from Crown entertainment complex that's been beaten into a new shape. Read more from Jane Holroyd here.

Mark Murphy co-owner of  The Grub Food Van, Moor St, Fitzroy.

Mark Murphy co-owner of The Grub Food Van, Moor St, Fitzroy. Photo: Simon Schluter

All the ins and outs ahead of round 12. Tonight's big game is Geelong v Carlton

Big in: Geelong's Tom Lonergan.

Big in: Geelong's Tom Lonergan. Photo: Getty Images

Weather is making things tricky on the roads. Cloudy with patches of fog this morning. Some chance of morning drizzle and light winds throughout the day. Top of 17 - currently it's 9.7 degrees

Recapping our top story: there's been a horror crash on the South Gippsland Highway in Cranbourne.

  • Police say a Holden Commodore and a Ford Falcon were travelling side-by-side in the south-bound lane about 11.30 last night. 3AW has reported police suspect the two drivers may have been drag racing.
  • The driver of the Ford is believed to have lost control of his car and hit the Commodore, forcing both cars off the road. Both mounted the median strip and crashed into a concrete pole.
  • A female passenger in the Ford was flown to The Alfred Hospital with life threatening injuries, while a passenger in the Holden is in hospital with serious injuries. The two drivers were hospitalised with minor injuries.
  • paramedics arrived at the scene to find both cars in flames. The woman flown to hospital in a critical condition was trapped inside the Ford for about half an hour and suffered head injuries and burns to her arms, back and legs. 

There's a lot of train news this morning so here are the key points:

  • There are major delays on the Sunbury Line due to a train fault at Watergardens. Multiple services cancelled.
  • Major delays on the Belgrave Line of 20 minutes in both directions after a signal fault at Upwey. Multiple services cancelled, buses currently being sent to help ferry commuters.
  • The Stony Point Line is suspended altogether. Buses being sent to ferry passengers but Metro say it'll take a while to get them in place.

"The relatively simple functionality doesn't offer consumers a compelling reason to change their appearance" - why Google Glass will fail.

Bad wrap: Google Glass.

Bad wrap: Google Glass.

We're hearing there's been an accident on Chesterville Road near Wickham Road. Emergency services called.

Making headlines around the world, Der Spiegel reports immigrants to Germany may be the key to the country's future; the Guardian reports that Obama wants Scotland to remain part of the UK; Singapore’s Straits Times leads reforms to the country's health insurance; the Japan Times has news on a new emotion-reading robot to go on sale next year; and the Daily Mail has the Queen visiting France.

Queen Elizabeth II is in France.

Queen Elizabeth II is in France. Photo: Getty Images

We now have major delays on the Belgrave line - 20 minutes to and from the city. That's being caused by a signal fault at Upwey. 

In addition to the delays multiple services between Belgrave and Upper Ferntree Gully have been cancelled. Metro are currently working to get buses in to replace the cancelled services.

More on that crash at Cranbourne:

 

An Ambulance Victoria spokesman has told reporter Patrick Hatch that paramedics arrived at the scene to find both cars in flames. The woman flown to hospital in a critical condition was trapped inside the Ford for about half an hour and suffered head injuries and burns to her arms, back and legs. 

Still dark outside. Send your photos to @TheAge

"Be realistic today about your limits, plans and abilities" - what advice does your horoscope have for you?

Metro have just let us know the entire Stony Point Line is currently suspended due to a signal fault. Buses are being sent to ferry stranded commuters, "however may take time to get into position".

If you're an A-League fan, you may still be grappling with the news that David Villa - who will front for Spain in the World Cup - is coming to Melbourne City (nee Heart) next season. Here's some of his best work for Barcelona:

More on that crash from 3AW's Yvette Gray, and it looks like the crash may have been the result of drag racing. The two cars were travelling in the same direction in opposite lanes before clipping each other, as Patrick Hatch earlier reporter.

We're hearing that traffic lights are flashing amber at the corner of Swanston Street and Grattan Street in Carlton.

Making news this morning: more than half a million young people could need emergency assistance after Abbott welfare changes; Investigation: Kathy Jackson used $1m in HSU funds; Turnbull attacks may herald front-bench reshuffle.

Card use: Kathy Jackson used $1 million in members' funds to pay off two personal credit cards, Fairfax Media can reveal.

Card use: Kathy Jackson used $1 million in members' funds to pay off two personal credit cards, Fairfax Media can reveal. Photo: Louise Kennerley

Late trains are as stressful for Metro staff as for passengers, I guess...

A horror crash in Cranbourne has closed the South Gippsland Highway in both directions, Patrick Hatch reports.

Police say a Holden Commodore and a Ford Falcon were travelling side-by-side in the south-bound lane about 11.30 last night.

The driver of the Ford is believed to have lost control of his car and hit the Commodore, forcing both cars off the road. Both mounted the median strip and crashed into a concrete pole.

A female passenger in the Ford was flown to The Alfred Hospital with life threatening injuries, while a passenger in the Holden is in hospital with serious injuries. The two drivers were hospitalised with minor injuries.

 

V/Line trains between Southern Cross and Seymour/Shepparton will be replaced with buses from 7pm today due to maintenance works. That might have a big impact on those planning to get out of the city this holiday long-weekend.

Hearing that four people have been injured in that Cranbourne crash... more coming...

We're just getting more information on that Cranbourne crash, but here's one unconfirmed image of what looks like a fiery accident

Wrapping traffic, and it's still early but we've already got a couple of issues:

  • The right lane of Bell Street in Coburg between Sydney Road and Nicholson Street is blocked in both directions.
  • There's been a crash on the South Gippsland Highway at Camms Road in Cranbourne, leaving that road closed in both directions. Expect the road closure to be in place till at least 8am.

Cloudy with patches of fog this morning. Some chance of morning drizzle and light winds throughout the day. Top of 17 - currently it's 9.7 degrees. FULL WEATHER.

Good morning and welcome to Melbourne Express, our daily live blog of the morning commute. We'll cover roads and public transport, breaking news as it happens and everything you need to know for the long weekend ahead.

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