Police can confirm that the item was not an explosive device and that trains have resumed running.
Ballarat V/Line services have been disrupted after a suspicious object was found just before 4.30pm.
Police confirmed they are conducting a safety check at Footscray station, with the Bomb Response Unit to arrive at the scene shortly.
The area around the station has been cordoned off as a precaution.
The object was found unattended outside the station just before 4.30pm.
A major disruption notice has been posted on Twitter.
The delays will affect commuters on peak hour trains on the Ballarat, Bendigo, and Geelong lines.
V/Line has been contacted for comment.
More to come