Published: September 11th 2009
Source: By Mark Hoult - The Community Press
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Havelock-Belmont-Methuen – The CP rail lines between
Peterborough and Havelock will be included in the environmental
assessment process in preparation for the improvement of the rail
line between Peterborough and Peterborough County and Toronto, Reeve
Ron Gerow said last week.
“This is good news for Havelock-Belmont-Methuen,” he told council
following a meeting with MP Dean Del Mastro and Ministry of
Transportation officials in Peterborough.
The long-planned project to upgrade the rail lines for passenger
rail service between Peterborough and Toronto “is moving forward,”
said Gerow, who is also the warden of Peterborough County. “They are
at the point now where they are putting the finishing touches on a
number of pieces,” he said, noting that CP and CN officials have
been meeting in Toronto about bringing the two systems together at
an interchange in the city.
Gerow said there will be a completely new rail line between
Peterborough and Havelock, with a new rail bed and new welded rails.
The new rail lines will be of immediate benefit for freight traffic,
which will be able to travel at least 60 miles an hour, he said. But
the lines will be capable of carrying rail traffic up to 100 miles
an hour, and that opens up new possibilities for the municipality,
Gerow told council.
“Very likely, if it can be justified, the passenger rail service
could be brought back to Havelock. It’s all good news, all very
Gerow said the cost of improving the rail lines between Toronto and
Havelock is estimated at between $190 million and $200 million. The
decision to begin the rial improvement process “ends the speculation
and supposition,” Gerow said, noting that more information on the
project and the environmental assessment process will soon be made
available to the public.
Word that the rail line improvement project is going ahead comes
more than a year after Del Mastro announced rail infrastructure
funding that was expected to lead to the construction of a
high-speed passenger rail line between Peterborough and Toronto. At
the time of the announcement Del Mastro said the special transit
initiative “is the single most significant federal infrastructure
investment into our area since John A. MacDonald committed to the
completion of the Trent-Severn Waterway.”