Passengers kept waiting

PASSENGERS travelling on a V/Line train from Melbourne to Bendigo were delayed for more than an hour on Sunday due to aviation fuel leaks on the track.

The train left Southern Cross at 1.36pm but terminated at Sunshine just after 2pm with more than 100 people on board.

Some passengers were able to catch replacement buses but about 40 passengers had to wait until 3.40pm for the trains to start running again.

The V/line conductor told passengers it was difficult for the company to find bus drivers on a Sunday.

Mothers Angela Gray and Amy-lee Purtell said they were "pissed off" by the situation. "They haven't prioritised elderly people and those with children," Ms Purtell said. 

"We've got no water for our babies' bottles. We were told to stand near the bus but weren't put on when it came."

Eaglehawk resident Jess Berrill said she was upset about the situation.

"I'm upset because I have to get back to my daughter and I've been on a train for three hours already," she said. "There's no shade. I'm hot and thirsty in the sun."

V/Line spokesman Colin Tyrus apologised for the delay but said they had to stop the trains until emergency services had cleaned up the fuel.

"We organised coaches as soon as we could," he said. "All the passengers got to where they were going."

The MFB said 1000 to 4000 litres of aviation fuel had leaked from a damaged pipeline, which runs alongside multiple railway lines in Sunshine.

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