My comment piece in The Age this morning:
This is a result of last Thursday night’s complete train network shutdown — thankfully not during peak hour — when a control room alarm caused an evacuation.
— Daniel Bowen (@danielbowen) November 10, 2016
Despite the Age piece’s headline, Metro runs the system day to day, but investment in infrastructure is the responsibility of the state government. In this case, it seems obvious that moving the control room to a sensible location, in its own building, not at the mercy of every building tenant’s minor fault or evacuation alarm (real or actual), would be beneficial.
Interestingly, I understand V/Line was able to keep running their trains on the sections of their network that don’t share track with Metro, as they have a separate control room.
This indicates that decentralised local control rooms, perhaps as part of the ongoing sectorisation plans to run the various Metro lines more independently, would have had prevented such widespread disruption.