Melbourne’s train network has crashed on a big day for racegoers heading out to Flemington Racecourse.
The network crashed as commuters began heading to the racecourse for The Turnbull Stakes – the feature event on a nine-race card on Saturday.
But just minutes before the additional services were scheduled to start operating, the train network crashed between Flinders Street and Richmond due to a “signalling issue”.
Buses have replaced trains between Caufield and Darling. Services on the Glen Waverely Line have been suspended.
“Some services may be held,” a Metro Trains tweet read.
“Buses will replace trains Parliament — Camberwell due to a signalling issue.”
“Trying to get to the races has never been so difficult #ridiculous, ” one person posted to Twitter.
“Waiting 4 replacement bus. Lady in wheelchair waited over an hour for an accessible bus. Turns up full!” another wrote.
The Group 1 race will see the highly anticipated debut of champion mare Winx as the horse aims to extend its winning streak to 21.