Melbourne Suburban Disruptions (Since Metro Introduction)

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Major Delays on the Hurstbridge Line

Buses will replace trains between Clifton Hill and Heidelberg due to a person being hit by a train. Buses have been ordered but may take over 50 minutes to arrive so consider alternative transport options or deferring travel if practical. Listen for announcements or speak to station staff for more travel information.
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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Delays now out to 120 minutes

Buses are replacing trains between Clifton Hill and Heidelberg after a person was hit by a train earlier this afternoon. Allow up to an extra 120 minutes overall journey time. Listen for announcements as some Hurstbridge line services from Flinders St may be altered or cancelled. Speak to station staff for more travel information.
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  PaxInfo Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Frankston line woes continue.

Delays due to a disruption at Highett during or just after the am peak today.

And sometime after 1pm the line was suspended between Mordialloc and Frankston due to a person hit by a train.

These recent troubles have not been the first time that system disruptions have followed the government
skiting about improved reliability a few days prior.

https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/melbourne-s-new-public-transport-contracts-showing-improvements

While there have been period of sustained deterioration (2003 - 2011) and improvement (a few years after 2011)
in train reliability, these need time to assess their significance. It's more likely that patterns are reverting to a mean.

Boasting about improved reliability, as the government has foolishly done, is risky business since it's quite likely that (at best)
numbers will deteriorate slightly to be nearer the mean, or (at worst) deteriorate greatly to produce a poor result.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
I do like Metro's advice to, "speak to station staff." Where? Jolimont? West Richmond? North Richmond? Collingwood? Victoria Park? Westgarth? et al, et al.
Shows how much Metro's boffins are out of touch with reality.
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

Frankston line woes continue.

Delays due to a disruption at Highett during or just after the am peak today.

And sometime after 1pm the line was suspended between Mordialloc and Frankston due to a person hit by a train.

These recent troubles have not been the first time that system disruptions have followed the government
skiting about improved reliability a few days prior.

https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/melbourne-s-new-public-transport-contracts-showing-improvements

While there have been period of sustained deterioration (2003 - 2011) and improvement (a few years after 2011)
in train reliability, these need time to assess their significance. It's more likely that patterns are reverting to a mean.

Boasting about improved reliability, as the government has foolishly done, is risky business since it's quite likely that (at best)
numbers will deteriorate slightly to be nearer the mean, or (at worst) deteriorate greatly to produce a poor result.
PaxInfo
You can go right back to September 2001 on the PTV data interface.

link

If you set the right hand side to "last 20 years" the pattern is really very obvious.

Punctuality was steady around 96% until about September 2004, where it went into terminal decline (well, terminal for Connex, anyway). It bottomed out at an abysmal 78.3% in April 2011. That was when Metro padded all their timetables and surprise, surprise, punctuality rocketed back up. There's then evidence of a slow actual improvement over about the next two years, and since about November 2013, punctuality has been stable around 92%.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Another truck vs bridge incident has suspended the Glen Waverley line this morning between Darling and GW.
https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/vehicle-smash-into-railway-bridge-causes-major-delays-on-glen-waverly-line/news-story/3e3bd850862f2091c56d9f1b85c78f85

What is going on?  Are random people who don't know/read height measurements buying truck licenses for $457?
  penguin2233 Locomotive Driver

Location: Craigieburn, Melbourne VIC
Metro services on Sunbury suspended as someone hit by train causing delays on the Craigieburn line
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Metro services on Sunbury suspended as someone hit by train causing delays on the Craigieburn line
penguin2233
Not to mention all Bendigo line trains cancelled (apptly running to and from Gisborne but our RR coach is going all the way to Swan Hill). Delay about an hour to get a coach, a bit less for Metro pax Sunshine > Sunbury

BG
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
PTV Vic on 774 radio today advising of such even on our regional reception on the boarder. Must be quite the mess this morning down there at Sunbury.

All that was said was a police request.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Sunbury line is back up and running now, Metro train just went past us at Sunbury but obviously will be long delays and many trains out of position especially V/Line

V/Line app described the incident as a person struck by a Metro train earlier this morning.

BG
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

Yes, the incident was near Keilor Plains according to the Age. Metro were running to Sunshine but everything else was cactus.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Absolute chaos on the Clifton Hill Group this morning with the loop down due to a points failure and then we had a bomb scare and incident at North Richmond stopping trains on the network north of that location.

Took the tram from High Street and noticed a lot of people walking down smith street to the city as the trams were packed the entire way in.  people 4 deep at the super stops.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

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The lines will be closed from April 1 to 23, with buses replacing trains on the Cranbourne, Pakenham, Frankston, Sandringham, Mernda, Gippsland and Geelong/Warrnambool lines.

All rail lines passing through Richmond station will be shut over the three weeks, except for the Alamein, Belgrave, Lilydale lines. The Glen Waverley line will also be shut on some occasions.

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The Age
Shouldn't this read 'South Yarra station' (with Belgrave et al deleted) instead of 'Richmond station'? Who writes these press releases?
  mike49 Station Master

A detailed list of dates & closures for the affected lines has now been posted on the 'new' PTV website.

https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/news-and-events/news/2019/02/20/autumn-construction-blitz/

It is not a blanket closure of all the lines involved from 1 to 23 April, just weekend closures in some cases.
  AJW Chief Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
No - Buses replace trains between Flinders Street and Caulfield from Sat 6 Apr to Tue 23 Apr except some time buses to Westall/Moorabin.
Only affecting the busiest lines.  
Sounds a lot like a blanket closure to me... only need to add 2 hours extra each day for buses.

  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

The Sandringham line is only closed on two weekends and over Easter. One of the weekends is outside the period 1 Apr to 23 Apr.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
  712M Chief Commissioner

Major meltdown this morning with all Pakenham, Cranbourne, Frankston and Gippsland trains suspended between Caulfield and South Yarra from first service until approx 8:30am due to a power failure. Buses ran Caulfield - Elsternwick with extra trains reployed on the Sandringham line. Unfortunately however with three of the busiest lines in Melbourne knocked out there was serious overcrowding in bus queues at Caulfield that resulted in trains being stopped altogether for periods of time as well as local police being called in to assist with crowd control.

The power fault also affected trams in the area which were running at a reduced schedule meaning that there was little room for displaced train passengers.



Werribee - Laverton was also suspended for two hours after a person was hit by a train.

Tonight, Belgrave line is closed for works both Belgrave - Ringwood and Camberwell - Parliament with a train shuttle between Ringwood and Camberwell.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Fire at flinders street.

Dan earlier Metropolitan Fire Brigade request at Flinders Street, select PVT metro routes are experiencing delays of up to 30 minutes. http://www.metrotrains.com.au
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
Fire at flinders street.

Dan earlier Metropolitan Fire Brigade request at Flinders Street, select PVT metro routes are experiencing delays of up to 30 minutes. http://www.metrotrains.com.au
freightgate
Electrical fire on platform 10 at Finders st not related to the trains resulted in the overhead being isolated for safety. reports elsewhere that an overhead grounding cable became detached either as a result of the fire or some other means. Everything was run through the city loop after probably a 20 minute delay, with no trains into platforms 9-12 at Finders st for some time. ended up being closer to a 40-50 minute delay before things started to return to normal
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Major cock-up this morning. Overhead fault at southern cross caused the cancellation of all northern group trains through there. Trains are finally running (but not stopping there) and are presumably backed up through the Loop.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
  712M Chief Commissioner

Not a disruption, but an unusual sighting. The 7.31am up Mooroolbark was a Comeng this morning. Havent seen that one on the Burnley Group in about 6 years!

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