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(AUS) Angry scenes at Flinders St station as power outage sparks trains chaos

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Angry scenes at Flinders St station as power outage sparks trains chaos


Nathan Mawby From: Herald Sun July 07, 2010 6:26PM


UPDATE 7.45PM: A POWER outage on the Belgrave/Lillydale train line has thrown Flinders St train station into chaos tonight.


Passengers from three trains on the Belgrave line have been forced to walk back to stations.


Two have stopped between Flinders St and Richmond stations and a third between Flinders St and Southern Cross.


Steve Cundall was stuck on the train that stopped between Southern Cross and Flinders St stations and said that a lot of people had been forced onto the dark tracks to walk back to Flinders St tonight.


"We had to jump off the train, through the drivers compartment, up the tracks and then up the old station bit," Mr Cundall said.


"There would have been a fair few, because there were six carriages and they were all fairly full."


He had just jumped onto the train at 5.45pm to travel to a management course being held near Southern Cross Station and said that the delay of more than an hour was a major inconvenience.


Chris Whitefield, spokesman for Metro, said that commuters on the two lines as well as the Alamain and Packenham lines could expect delays up to half an hour.


It is believed that a signalling fault at Blackburn has also forced the cancelation of a number of Belgrave line services.


Both lines are not currently running through the city loop.


And earlier there were angry scenes as large numbers of passengers raced to alternate platforms to get home during the busy commute.


Many others were being directed to other platforms by Metro staff, shouting details on how commuters could get home.


Metro have advised passengers to listen for further announcements.




Just another day on the network really. By the looks of the photo the train is just before the viaduct.


What appears to of happened was Comeng 615M had faulty motors and pulled the subs for the Burnley and Clifton Hill Viaducts. What was made worse was a passenger suffered a heart attack on a disabled train on the Burnley viaduct line meaning no trains on the Clifton Hill loop.

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