Vic's rock-throwing scourge


Rock-throwing incidents cause services to be suspended for safety reasons in Melbourne

Evening bus services between Williams Landing and Pont Cook have resumed, after a temporary suspension caused by a spate of rock-throwing incidents in Melbourne recently.

All services after 6.30pm on routes 496 and 498 were suspended due to concerns for bus driver and passenger safety, in response to a number of incidents that damaged windows, as services travelled along Pont Cook Road in Melbourne’s west.

"Services were back in action within a week and we have since had only one other rock-throwing incident," a ComfortDelgro Cabcharge (CDC) Victoria spokesperson says.

"This is good news in the sense that the incidents have dramatically decreased since our active involvement with notifying media, local government, police and Public Transport Victoria (PTV)."

The organisation expected the worst during school holidays, but services through Seabrook have resumed and attacks on vehicles have waned. 

"We were expecting an increase in incidents during the school holidays, which has not occurred.

"Fortunately, no patrons or drivers have been injured."

CDC Victoria executive manager of group operations George Konstantopoulos says it's purely coincidental that no one was hurt in the incidents.

An appeal for information to Crime Stoppers earlier this month coincided with an increase in the frequency of police patrols in the area, in efforts to address the spate of incidents.

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