Summer heat cancellations

Tuesday 17 December 2013

On Thursday and Friday, December 19 and 20, Metro will be forced to cancel some services to allow for the anticipated high temperatures in Melbourne.

We have planned this in advance as a safety precaution due to the impact of high temperatures on our steel railway tracks. The tracks can expand in high heat and we need to run trains at slower speeds to ensure your safety.

Heat-related speed restrictions come into place when the temperature reaches 38 degrees, causing most services to run behind time.  By cancelling trains in advance we are able to manage this and continue to run the smoothest possible service despite the limitations.

While this Friday isn’t expected to reach 38 degrees, we have nonetheless had to plan cancellations on this day, as many of our trains will be out of their normal positions and some are likely to require additional maintenance due to the heat.

Once we have made these planned cancellations, it’s not possible just to reverse the decision if temperatures fall short of the forecast. There is a lot of planning required, including the placement of trains and the number of drivers we require to service these timetable changes.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this might cause to your normal travel plans, but your safety is our main priority.

All of the planned cancellations are outlined below. For all information on your line and to stay up-to-date, keep an eye on MetroNotify on your smart phone, or check the health board at metrotrains.com.au

Alamein
Craigieburn
Frankston
Glen Waverley
South Morang/Hurstbridge
Belgrave/Lilydale
Pakenham/Cranbourne

Alamein

Thursday 19 December

FROM CITY
2:53pm Alamein

TO CITY
3:41pm Alamein

Friday 20 December

FROM CITY
2:53pm Alamein

TO CITY
3:41pm Alamein

Craigieburn

Thursday 19 December

FROM CITY
3:19pm Broadmeadows
4:39pm Craigieburn

Friday 20 December

FROM CITY
3:19pm Broadmeadows
4:39pm Craigieburn

TO CITY
8:04am Broadmeadows

Frankston

Thursday 19 December

FROM CITY
4:31pm Mordialloc
5:06pm Mordialloc
6:31pm Mordialloc

Friday 20 December

FROM CITY
4:31pm Mordialloc
5:06pm Mordialloc
6:31pm Mordialloc
7:06pm Frankston

TO CITY
7:58am Frankston

Glen Waverley

Thursday 19 December

FROM CITY
3:18pm Glen Waverley
5:51pm Glen Waverley

TO CITY
6:50pm Glen Waverley

Friday 20 December

FROM CITY
6:15am Glen Waverley
3:18pm Glen Waverley
5:51pm Glen Waverley

TO CITY
7:07am Glen Waverley
6:50pm Glen Waverley

South Morang/Hurstbridge

Thursday 19 December

FROM CITY
4:55pm Greensborough

TO CITY
5:50pm Greensborough

Friday 20 December

FROM CITY
8:28am Epping
4:55pm Greensborough

TO CITY
5:54am Greensborough (will run as per timetable, but will terminate at Flinders Street)
5:50pm Greensborough

Belgrave/Lilydale

Thursday 19 December

FROM CITY
4:07pm Lilydale

TO CITY
5:09pm Lilydale

Friday 20 December

FROM CITY
6:40am Mooroolbark
3:28pm Belgrave
4:07pm Lilydale
5:43pm Belgrave

TO CITY
7:31am Mooroolbark
4:44pm Belgrave
5:09pm Lilydale
7:08pm Belgrave

Pakenham/Cranbourne

Thursday 19 December

FROM CITY
5:00pm Pakenham
5:22pm Dandenong

TO CITY
6:24pm Dandenong

Friday 20 December

FROM CITY
4:42pm Cranbourne
5:00pm Pakenham
5:22pm Dandenong

TO CITY
7:40am Dandenong
6:05pm Cranbourne
6:24pm Pakenham

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