Signal faults trigger commuter chaos
Rail commuters face a chaotic trip home on Tuesday night with signal faults causing cancellations and lengthy delays across Melbourne.PT1M22S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2dwat 620 349 February 5, 2013
Commuters travelling on the Belgrave and Lilydale lines can expect delays of up to 45 minutes between Flinders Street and Camberwell due to severe signal failures caused by a bat at Camberwell station this morning.
Express trains will not run on any of the lines, and trains to Blackburn and Ringwood have been cancelled.
Trains running as a stopping-all-stations service on the Belgrave and Lilydale lines will run at "a significantly reduced speed" as a safety precaution, but are expected to run every six to eight minutes during the evening peak.
Passengers who are travelling to the end of either of those lines should prepare for a two-hour commute.
Services on the Alamein line will run as a shuttle between Camberwell and Alamein.
Metro has reported that the worst affected area is between Auburn and Glenferrie.
Metro has also reported that its website was not working, and that "all disruption information for all lines will be posted on Twitter during the evening peak".
"Apologies to all of you trying to access our website at the moment," Metro tweeted. "We are having technical problems. We will update as soon as this changes."
Metro says it has made the timetable revisions because the fault will take "several hours" to fix.
The drama began at 5.10am when a power surge occurred in a faulty signal at Camberwell. Crews have been on site since.
"The bat has short circuited a significant section of the line and blown out a large number of signals and switches. The damage is extensive, Metro said on its Twitter page.
"Suffice to say, the bat is no longer with us. It was his untimely departure that has caused the extent of the damage."
Morning commuters reported that journeys from Camberwell to Southern Cross took more than 90 minutes, and other trains were not moving for 20 minutes at a time.
During the morning, passengers on the Werribee, Williamstown, Cranbourne, Pakenham and Frankston lines faced delays – a track fault affected south-west lines and a broken down V/Line train delayed passengers on south-east lines.
with Adrian Lowe