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Melbourne Express, Thursday, September 12, 2019

And that’s a wrap from us today.

There are still major delays on the Frankston line after a man was hit by a train earlier this morning. The Upfield and Werribee lines are also reporting major delays, while there are minor delays on the Craigieburn and Sunbury lines.

An ill passenger has also delayed Route 30 trams and Route 86 trams around the Docklands area.

We’ll have all the latest news at theage.com.au for you throughout the day. And make sure you tune in tomorrow for a couple of exciting competitions.

Have a great day!

Here’s some breaking news from sport:

Todd Goldstein has turned down an offer to join Geelong and has re-signed with North Melbourne.

North Melbourne's Todd Goldstein has signed a three-year deal with the Roos.

North Melbourne’s Todd Goldstein has signed a three-year deal with the Roos.Credit:AAP

The former All-Australian ruckman who has enjoyed a return to career-best form this year and has recommitted to the Roos on a three-year deal that will most likely see the 31-year-old see out his career at Arden Street.

Goldstein had been courted by St Kilda with a significant offer but turned that offer down. The Cats had remained in the picture by offering him a three-year deal.

Read more here.

After that mild start, we’re heading for a top of 19 degrees today. Here comes the sun!

Plenty of Express readers made quick work of the Target word this morning.

Well done to @brencarruthers, Sarah Rogo and @Gibbot5000.

My colleague Craig Butt tells me yesterday’s word was TASSELLED. First with the answer via email was Sue M and first via Twitter was @wearealleves.

Victorian Labor secretary Sam Rae’s decision to leave his post in the wake of Bill Shorten’s federal election loss was predictable.

But what he does next has been far less certain.

Sam Rae has found work at PwC after flagging his intention to leave Labor.

Sam Rae has found work at PwC after flagging his intention to leave Labor.

Rae’s acolytes have been split on whether he’d be entering corporate service or following a path well-trodden by former colleagues including Stephen Donnelly into political consultancy.

CBD can confirm he’ll be going corporate, after nabbing a gig as a partner in PwC’s national clients and markets team. He starts in the Melbourne office late next month.

Read more CBD here.

Asperitas and mammatus: they sound like cocktail names to me!

But the Bureau of Meteorology assures us they are cloud names, and if you look up this morning, you might spot some of them.

This search for a missing woman no doubt ended with a few laughs:

Are you a fan of Melbourne’s laneways? If so, get down there and support them!

As Rachel Eddie writes, family businesses are worried about their future due to Metro Tunnel works.

Staff from the Tulip Coffee on Degraves Street, Lily Taubert-Gallagher and Veronica Bella.

Staff from the Tulip Coffee on Degraves Street, Lily Taubert-Gallagher and Veronica Bella.Credit:Justin McManus

Family-run businesses on Melbourne’s Flinders and Degraves streets say they could be forced to lay off staff because construction work on the Metro Tunnel is demolishing their profit margins.

Part of Flinders Street closed last Monday for up to three years as part of the rail project, shutting a stretch of the road eastbound between Elizabeth and Swanston streets.

Some cafes, restaurants and shops say it’s dramatically reduced foot traffic in the 10 days since.

At Tulip Coffee, on the famous Degraves Street laneway, owner Sam Hall-Haydon said his business had dropped about 20 per cent since last Monday.

Read more here.

While train services resumed quickly between Caulfield and Moorabbin after a man was hit by a train earlier this morning, there are still major delays on the line.

And there have been knock-on effects for neighbouring train lines. We’re hearing the Cranbourne line is completely packed, with commuters jostling for space on citybound trains.

Collins St trams are back on track after an earlier disruption.

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