Most of the level crossings claimed: CP persists in its refusal

News 14 December, 2017
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    Zechariah Goudreault

    Thursday, December 14, 2017 19:54

    Thursday, December 14, 2017 19:54

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    Although more than 2,300 people have signed a petition calling for more of the secured passages to the railways, the Canadian Pacific (CP), one of the railway companies affected by this issue, continues to refuse to act.

    Launched last August by the deputy director of the regional environmental Council of Montreal (CRE-MONTREAL), the petition asks the federal minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, to compel railway companies to collaborate with canadian municipalities wishing to have level crossings with railways that criss-cross their territory.


    The CP refused to support the proposals made by Félix Gravel. “It is a question of security. An independent expert has analysed the passages offered and discovered that they were not safe. […] Security is our priority”, said by e-mail the communications officer of the railway company, Jeremy Berry.

    “It is easy to say that we are safe because we close everything and it prevents people from spending, but what they don’t see it, it is that, in spite of it, people will eventually spend anyway. There are holes in the fences,” said the author of the petition.

    The Canadian National has reminded that it already has several level crossings in Montreal and that he is ready to work with the municipalities and boroughs on the development of new secured passages.