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Alberta town says CN agrees to not stop trains on roadways, pedestrian crossings

03/11/2014 06:42 EDT | Updated 05/11/2014 05:59 EDT
LAC LA BICHE, Alta. - The mayor of an Alberta town says a major railway has agreed to resolve a major issue that's irked residents for years.

Lac La Biche Mayor Aurel Langevin says Canadian National Railway will restrict stopping trains on pedestrian and traffic crossways.

When trains did stop on crossways, emergency vehicles couldn't get to their destinations, parents couldn't pick up their children and it also caused traffic jams.

Langevin says after various complaints, CN has restricted their movement of trains to only two trips during the day.

He says residents were concerned that the trains may have been hauling dangerous goods.

CN has said no trains were carrying anything of dangerous nature, which Langevin says is a relief.

“I think it’s public pressure as well as some of the issues that are facing the rail industry. There are taking some steps to ensure they are working with the community as oppose to just in the community," Langevin said.

Langevin says the town is trying to tackle a long-lasting “trespassing” problem which should sort out other issues.

“What we’re trying to do is establish another crossing right in the middle of town, so if we do have a crossing you’d permit pedestrian traffic as well.”

He says to do that, they need to work with Transport Canada as well as CN.

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