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(AUS)Rail network hit: Metro trains 'halted across Melbourne'

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From the Age:


Rail network hit: Metro trains 'halted across Melbourne'

June 18, 2015 - 5:22PM

Clay Lucas

Metro Trains will not be required to offer commuters compensation for the peak-hour shutdown of Melbourne's entire rail network on Thursday morning.



It was caused by a water leak in the Collins Street building that houses Melbourne's train control centre.


Trains ground to a halt for almost an hour as a result of the water leak, which triggered an alarm. The botched response to the false alarm saw the unnecessary evacuation of Melbourne's train control centre.



METROL is the train control centre concerned. It has two functions Signalling and train control. Both divided into 4 area groups. Caulfield, Clifton Hill, Burnley and Northern group. The signalling part of the centre only controls the inner part of the network. In this case all track from North Melbourne(Execpt the Country platfoms at Southern Cross. That's controlled by Spencer St no 1 box), Clifton Hill, City side of Caulfield and City Side of Burnley to the City.
Outside that area Singals are controlled by local boxes.

The control part extends to the whole network. The Controller is who the driver calls to report faults and incidents that occur.


There is a backup centre in Fitzroy but that takes 50 minutes to switch over to.

Edited by Pakenhamtrain

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