07/16/2015 04:21 EDT | Updated 07/16/2016 05:59 EDT

Milton group protests proposed CN rail yard

Only a handful of people attended a  protest in Milton aimed at stopping CN Rail's development of a new transport terminal, but the demonstration still managed to draw a response from the federal government on Thursday.

Milton Says No, a group fighting the development of a $250-million, 400-acre intermodal terminal in the southern part of Milton, demonstrated outside information sessions hosted by CN at a local hotel. The new terminal would operate 24 hours a day and bring an estimated 1,600 truck trips and two train trips per day through the west GTA town.

Lisa Raitt, both the Conservative MP for the area and the minister of transport, stressed the need to strike a balance between CN's business needs and the concerns of the protesters.

"I will continue to encourage CN to engage the community in a discussion to try to find a solution that is amicable for all," said Raitt.

A federal environmental assessment for the proposed terminal is currently underway.