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A HIGH-SPEED rail link around Maribyrnong appears dead in its tracks a week after it was mooted.
The State Government has refused to support plans for a sprinter train service to run from Newport to Spencer St along an existing freight line.
The Leader revealed deputy mayor Michael Clarke had called on the Government to fund a feasibility study as the commuter crush worsens in the west.
But Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder has let the steam out of the proposal, saying it would not be a faster route for passengers.
"While it may be suitable once again in the future for occasionally acting as an alternative route for Geelong and Warrnambool trains ... the Brooklyn loop is unsuitable for regular passenger train use," he said.
Mr Mulder said there weren't any spare V/Line sprinter railcars available and when the Regional Rail Link opens in 2016 there would be no more room for extra suburban trains.
Stations on the fast line could have included Newport, South Kingsville, Bradmill, Brooklyn, Tottenham, West Footscray and Footscray.
Online readers posted a mixed reaction to the ambitious plan.
Tony Smith said it could "fix the current absurdity which has our two interstate passenger services and related V/Line services wandering around the back of the Tottenham yard at embarrassingly slow speed."
But another reader, Mike, said it was fanciful as most of the area was industrial.
This article first appeared on maribyrnong-leader.whereilive.com.au
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