A major power fault in Melbourne’s CBD forced the suspension of Victoria’s busiest regional rail lines on Wednesday morning.
Some services resumed a couple of hours later as bus replacements were organised but the network was still suffering significant delays. Trains across the network were back online about 10.30am, although buses were expected to replace some services throughout the rest of Wednesday.
The outage was the second this week affecting V/Line trains after a network-wide communications fault shut down services on Monday.
The power outage happened about 4am on Wednesday and affected the building which houses train control facilities, meaning emergency communications systems were limited and several trains were held in position.
Coaches were replacing all V/Line train lines from about 6.30am on Wednesday, with passengers encouraged to defer all non-essential travel due to the limited availability of coaches.
The major disruption continued until about 7.50am, when limited services began departing from and arriving at Southern Cross Station after train controllers shifted to a backup facility.
Services started resuming with the Geelong, Ballarat, Ararat, Maryborough, and the Seymour lines, but they were still affected by significant delays.
Trains were running across the whole V/Line network again as of 10.30am, but buses were replacing some services due to trains being out of position.
Albury services run on a separate network and were unaffected by the power outage on Wednesday.