Metro chief executive Andrew Lezala blamed a bat and copper thieves for the missed target.
"We had significant disruption when a bat flew onto a power
line and blew out an extensive amount of signalling equipment that we
later realised had been exacerbated by a stolen earthing cable,” Mr
“The theft of this copper cable resulted in significant and
ongoing disruptions to our customers on the Belgrave, Lilydale and
Alamein lines and we apologise for this.”
A bat brought our train system to its knees? Extraordinary. What next, caterpillars on the train tracks? Hot weather? I suppose if snow brings an underground railway unstuck, such as London's Tube, then anything is possible.
As unlikely as it may seem, our train system has a bit in common with London's Tube, in so far as the internet service indicator for both systems can be displaying 'good service', even though the line has been shut down.