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Commuters Warned As Metro CANCELS THIRTY NINE Train Services

Metro Trains has been cancelling some its Friday night train services, so it can teach drivers how to drive through three newly built areas of railway.

The cancellations will leave travellers on the Werribee and Cranbourne lines waiting up to 40 minutes for a train.

"This is a long way from Jacinta Allan's claims of a turn-up-and-go train system," Opposition public transport spokesman David Hodgett told The Age.

On Friday, Metro cancelled 29 train services that ran between 4 PM and 9:40 PM and it will cancel the same services over the next three weeks.

The cancellations are happening so the rail operator can train 600 drivers on changes to signalling removals at North, McKinnon and Centre rounds in Bentleigh.

"This is a vital safety requirement for all our drivers," Metro spokeswoman Sammie Black said.

She said the operator had run some extra train on Friday, which made it the best day to subject passengers to pre-planned cancellations.

"Pre-planning the cancelling of a very small number of services allows us to train our drivers ... while also delivering timetabled and special event services," she said.

Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said that when improvements like removing level crossings were made, "drivers need to be trained ... to keep services safe".

She said the cancellations were "standard practice" that had been "scheduled to minimise disruption to passengers".

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