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The Victorian Opposition says the state's country rail services could be shut down during the Commonwealth Games because of a shortage of train drivers.
The Opposition's transport spokesman, Terry Mulder, says documents obtained under freedom of information show there will be a shortage of around 53 drivers during the Games.
He says the problem is the result of a lack of training facilities and an ageing workforce, and he blames the Bracks Government for the dilemma.
Mr Mulder predicts commuters will suffer as train operators wrestle over access to drivers.
"V/Line are saying they need new drivers for their fast train project and Connex are saying we need to second drivers from V/Line and Pacific National, the freight carrier, to help us get through the Commomwealth Games," he said.
"So there's going to be a struggle, a fight over where the drivers come from and I would say you would see a number of the country rail services shut down for the Commonwealth Games."
But Transport Minister Peter Batchelor has rejected Mr Mulder's claims, saying additional drivers will be working during the Games to prevent disruptions.
"There won't be closures during the Commonwealth Games as the result of driver shortages and what the Liberal Party are saying is untrue and it is wrong," he said.
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