Railway woes in Kamloops: Mayor bends the ear of the PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apparently agreed with Mayor Ken Christian that Kamloops residents should not shoulder the burden and that Transport Canada should be looking at infrastructure needs

When Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian had a short window to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the PM’s visit to Kamloops earlier this year, rail issues were among topics discussed.

Following that meeting in January, Christian said 55 trains per day were coming through Kamloops, which has 25 level crossings, with trains increasing in length and decreasing in speed — adversely affecting commerce and safety in the city.

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“The PM indicated that is a reality that is only going to get worse,” Christian told KTW at the time.

Trudeau apparently agreed with Christian that Kamloops residents should not shoulder the burden and that Transport Canada should be looking at infrastructure needs, including overpasses.

REPORT RAIL ISSUES TO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

To report rail safety, railway equipment, infrastructure, signal systems and safety improvements

to highway-railway grade crossings, contact Transport Canada’s Pacific regional office by calling 1-604-666-0011.

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