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A Canadian National train on the Algoma Central Railway - Date/Photographer unknown.
10 February 2018
CN to Twin Railway
from Stony Plain to Carvel


Stony Plain Alberta - Big changes could be coming to Stony Plain as CN considers twinning the railway that runs through the town.
 
On 1 Feb 2018 staff with the Town of Stony Plain explained that they had been advised by CN that the company was considering a line-twinning project in the municipality, but noted that little detail has been given about the potential project.
 
"We have asked CN to attend a council meeting and explain the project," Stony Plain Mayor William Choy said in statement.
 
"This line is a big part of Stony Plain and council wants to understand why this is needed and what it means for our community."
 
The Town has asked that CN come before council in February.
 
CN confirmed their intentions to twin the railway, issuing a statement saying the project is part of a $3.2 billion capital investment into safety and efficiency.
 
"CN is pursuing a project to build a double track west of Edmonton that would connect existing double track segments to increase the efficiency of rail traffic through that corridor. The anticipated project is scheduled for this year and is part of CN's 2018 capital investment plan of $3.2 billion to improve safety and efficiency throughout our network to meet the growing demand of our customers," Kate Fenske, manager of public affairs for CN, said.
 
Choy said that the Town has sought legal advice in the wake of the decision, citing the impacts on emergency services and pedestrian safety that the project could have.
 
"Town staff are working on understanding the impacts, on how we can use this project to better pedestrian safety and what we can do to ensure CN hears from our community," he said.
 
"We have gathered input from grant programs and have also sought legal advice to prepare for this project."
 
Echoing this sentiment was Town Manager Tom Goulden, who said that the Town is committed to an open conversation about the potential line-twinning.
 
"Council has made it clear that this project needs to be talked about openly. We are prepared to work with CN to achieve this, we are reviewing legislation to understand what rights the Town has and what rights community members have in this process," he said.
 
In the days since the news broke, social media swirled with concern regarding the project, including calls for a vehicle and pedestrian overpass that would ensure access for emergency vehicles and others.
 
Pat Hansard, former Stony Plain councillor was among those talking about the issue online, alleging that the twinning would be 20 kilometres of the track through Stony Plain to Carvel.
 
Town administration ultimately confirmed that the twinning would occur from Stony Plain to Carvel.
 
Jesse Cole.

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