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Melbourne trains are halted so police could investigate a ‘suspicious item’ at major train station

Commuter chaos in Melbourne after peak hour trains are halted so police could investigate a ‘suspicious item’ at major train station

Commuter trains in Melbourne have been halted as police investigate ‘suspicious item’.

Footscray Station, in inner-west Melbourne, has been shut down as officers conduct a safety check.

The check was called after a ‘suspicious’ object was found unattended around 4.30pm on Friday. 

The bomb squad were also called to the scene, it’s reported. 

Werribee and Williamstown lines, as well as the Sunbury line have bus replacements.

The replacement service runs from North Melbourne to Sunshine station, and North Melbourne to Newport station.

Police have since said the device is not suspicious. 

A spokesperson for Victoria Police confirmed to Daily Mail Australia the object was a ‘none explosive device’.

The spokesperson also confirmed there was ‘no inquiry’ underway.  

Train lines are now reopening, however commuters are warned to expect delays. 

A backlog of peak hour services is set to see many commuters make it home later than usual this evening. 

Metro Trains has advised commuters to ‘defer travel’.  

‘Trains towards Footscray running again but big crowds on the outward bound platforms at North station,’ one commuter warned. 

 

More information to follow.

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk