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Stray balloons cause train delays

Metro staff remove balloons stuck in overhead wires between Flinders Street and Southern Cross stations.

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Train chaos is easing after Metro removed the balloons that were caught in overhead wires between Flinders Street and Southern Cross stations, temporarily stalling four railway lines.

Trains are running through the City Loop on all lines now, except for the Upfield line which is still suspended.
There are 15 minute delays on the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Frankston lines, both into and out of the city.

Metro spokesman Daniel Hoare said the multiple track and signalling faults were not caused by today's high temperatures.

Workers attempt to dislodge the balloons ensnared in overhead power lines between Flinders Street and Southern Cross stations.

Workers attempt to dislodge the balloons ensnared in overhead power lines between Flinders Street and Southern Cross stations. Photo: Pat Scala

Buses have replaced trains between North Melbourne and Upfield. Commuters have been asked to defer travel if they can.

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