This is what we’re up against!

Getting to work is not only a chore these days – it’s probably one of the biggest stresses that affect me!

It seems like almost every day, trains are cancelled, broken, late, crowded (unsafely) and I am late to work, or at least not in my office at the time I want to be.

From The Age today!

Thirteen faulty trains on Melbourne network

  • Reko Rennie
  • December 10, 2008 – 7:51AM

Thirteen citybound trains across the Connex network have been cancelled, creating early morning chaos for Melbourne commuters.

– Widespread cancellations for second day running
– 15-minute delays across network
– We understand the frustration: Connex

Delays are expected of at least 15 minutes across the entire network, with the Frankston, Glen Waverley, Williamstown, Werribee and Broadmeadows lines worst hit.

Do you have photos of railway platforms packed because of this morning’s cancellations. Email us at scoop@theage.com.au.

Connex said the cancellations – representing about five per cent of city-bound services in the morning peak – were due to faults on city-bound trains, rather than track issues.

“We’ve got residual delays across the network to 15 minutes, that will really affect the morning peak across the board, it has stabilised, so we haven’t got any other anticipated cancellations expected and it’s actually less cancellations then there were yesterday,” a Connex spokeswoman told The Age.

“Of course we understand the frustration this causes customers and we’re doing our best to make sure that we get everything moving as soon as possible.”

Connex said there did not appear to be a pattern to the train faults.

“I don’t think it’s something specific to a particular model, these faults can be anything from the windscreen wipers not working through to literally anything not working, there’s a raft of things that need to be checked before they start the trains for the day,” a Connex spokeswoman said.

“We’re not expecting the same degree of disruption as we experienced yesterday.”

Seventeen services were cancelled across the network yesterday morning.

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