CN wants town to kick in for fence

Safety con­cerns cited but coun­cil mem­bers value route’s ac­cess to Vic­to­ria Park

Truro Daily News - - Front Page - BY LYNN CUR­WIN

Cathy Hin­ton isn’t thrilled about the prospect of a fence along the back of Truro Cen­tre, es­sen­tially cut­ting o a route many use to go be­tween the down­town and Vic­to­ria Park.

e town re­cently re­ceived a let­ter from CN, ask­ing that they share costs of a chain-link fence, about 763 me­tres long, con­structed along the tracks. Cost is es­ti­mated at about $75,000.

“My con­cern is that it would di­vide the area,” said Hin­ton, town coun­cil­lor for the area’s Ward 3.

“I don’t want the park to be cut o fur­ther from down­town. e walk­way is fan­tas­tic for tourists. It’s a con­nec­tor to the park, which is the jewel of the town, and many of my con­stituents use it to get down­town.”

e let­ter from CN states CN po­lice have ex­pressed con­cerns about tres­pass­ing be­tween the Prince and Young Street cross­ings, and that there are safety con­cerns over peo­ple us­ing the old plat­form link at the VIA sta­tion as a cross­ing. e Town of Truro had re­quested CN to re­pair the plat­form link, writes Julien Leblanc, CN se­nior o ce-de­sign and con­struc­tion, in the let­ter. “Af­ter re­view of this le CN has con rmed that this plat­form link was never de­signed and au­tho­rized as a pub­lic cross­ing ei­ther by agree­ment or board or­der. CN has no record of its pres­ence other than it was used in the past to con­nect three sta­tion plat­forms.”

e let­ter states only one plat­form cur­rently re­mains at the sta­tion, so it can no longer be con­sid­ered a plat­form link. To use this plat­form as a pub­lic cross­ing, the cross­ing will have to meet the re­quire­ments of Trans­port Canada’s Grade Cross­ing Reg­u­la­tions, it said.

Op­tions put for­ward are to in­stall an au­to­matic warn­ing sys­tem – which may in­volve re­lo­cat­ing the cross­ing out­side of the sta­tion plat­form – or to close the cross­ing and erect a fence along the track, across from the plat­form.

Truro Mayor Bill Mills said the town met with CN, and there was dis­cus­sion about safety, li­a­bil­ity and fenc­ing.

“ at area is used quite a bit, so there are con­cerns about the im­pact on peo­ple,” he said. “Staff is go­ing to look at the is­sue and will make a rec­om­men­da­tion to coun­cil.”

He added coun­cil and CN will con­tinue to dis­cuss the is­sue.

“We have to think of safety rst, but I’m not a sup­porter of a fence,” added Hin­ton. “I’d like to have ar­eas more open, not cut o .”

CN of­fi­cials could not be reached for fur­ther com­ment be­fore press time.

LYNN CUR­WIN/TRURO NEWS

A fence pro­posed by CN could cut o ac­cess to this walk­way be­hind the Truro Cen­tre.

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