Thousands of Melbourne train passengers endured long queues and peak-hour delays after a fatal collision added to public transport disruptions through the city’s southeast corridor.
The busy Sandringham line was closed from 4pm on Monday after a woman was hit and killed by a train in the beachside suburb Hampton, compounding pressure on the city’s train network from closures on three other main lines.
Travellers waited up to an hour for replacement buses in queues stretching hundreds of metres, while trams on nearby lines were consistently packed.
The Sandringham line closure added to passenger delays from closures on the Frankston, Cranbourne and Pakenham lines for maintenance works.
“It’s very frustrating because we’re tired, we’ve been shopping all day and we just want to go home,” traveller Lauren said on Monday as she waited in the line.
She said she had been waiting at least half an hour, but understood that nothing could be done when someone had been killed.
The disruption on Monday came a week after vegan protesters shut down the busy CBD intersection of Flinders and Swanston streets for hours.