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Melbourne Express, Thursday, April 11, 2019

Thanks for following this morning! That’s it from us.

The election live blog is continuing over here, and will have more news on the May 18 poll throughout the day.

For a rundown on everything you need to know, have a read of Judith Ireland‘s explainer.

Traffic lights are out at the Camberwell Road and Trafalgar Road and Seymour Grove intersections.

Technicians are arriving at the scene in Melbourne’s east.

VicTraffic has warned commuters in the area to allow extra time this morning.

Congratulations to all the readers who worked cracked today’s target word. It must be a tough one because we’ve fewer responses than normal.

The fastest was Elizabeth Jeffrey followed by Carolyn O’Brien.

The letters are I M T E L N D E V if you’re still working on it. I’ll let you know the answer tomorrow.

Yesterday’s word was EMBROIDER. Well done if you got it!

Congratulations to our winners, who will each get double passes for NEON.

Congratulations to our winners, who will each get double passes for NEON.

We had two double-passes to give away to Circus Oz show NEON at The Melba Spiegeltent as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Congratulations to our winners Fiona Faulkner and Courtney Brown, who will enjoy some crimped hair, acid wash jeans and mullet haircut for the April 19 show.

We’ll be in touch to get your details. Thanks to all who took part, there were some great responses.

Here’s a reminder for commuters coming into Melbourne’s CBD now.

Two escalators at the Collins Street entrance of Southern Cross Station are still broken, with just one functioning.

Metro Trains has urged commuters on platforms nine and 10 to use the Bourke Street entrance instead.

Yesterday morning, some trains skipped Southern Cross during peak hour because the broken escalators were causing congestion on the platforms.

Lane widths have been reduced and speeds have been set to 60km/h in both directions of the Princes Highway in Werribee near Duncans Road while a new overpass is built.

It’s official. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called the election for May 18.

He’s speaking now at Parliament House.

Reporters Fergus Hunter and Latika Bourke are running a live blog on the announcement here.

We’ll have more on the election throughout the day at

A northbound lane on St Georges Road in Thornbury has closed for emergency watermain works and speeds have been reduced to 40km/h.

VicTraffic says the works near Bradley Avenue will be finished about 3.30pm.

And Yarra Trams has just updated that advice to say route 58 trams are running again after the crash on Melville Road.

Route 58 trams aren’t running in parts of Brunswick West between stop 32 at Foden Street and stop 40 at Moreland Road.

Yarra Trams says commuters should consider other transport because of the disruption, caused by a crash on Melville Road.

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