The entire suburb of Watsonia is currently under siege, due to the temporary closure of the neighbouring Mernda train line. Regular commuters from the stricken line have inundated Watsonia’s expansive car park this week, leaving local commuters frustrated by the increasingly scarce parking available at Watsonia each morning.

Any lingering empathy for Mernda Line commuters officially evaporated this morning, as The Watsonia Bugle attended the scene to canvas the opinions of local residents. Most seemed heavily aggrieved by the current situation, conveniently forgetting that Hurstbridge Line commuters afflicted a similar pain on the Mernda Line during last year’s construction of the Rosanna overpass.

Speaking to The Watsonia Bugle, one anonymous commuter said, “It’s a bloody nightmare mate. Can’t these plebs find another way to get into the city each morning? Watsonia is for Watsonia, nobody else. This town ain’t big enough for the two of us. Talk about ‘cancel culture’, I’m cancelling train commuting for the rest of 2019. It’s a bloody joke.”