Dana Brown, The Hamilton Spectator,
(Jul 22, 2008)
Officials with CN and the Bruce Trail are continuing to work on a solution regarding a closed six-kilometre stretch of the trail that crosses train tracks.
The Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club, a local chapter of the Bruce Trail Conservancy, closed the section on July 1 because a man was killed while walking on CN tracks.
The club made the move in anticipation of being asked to do so by CN. The rail company did not ask for the closure.
Last week, representatives from both sides met on the trail where it crosses the tracks to discuss the issue. Gary Wrathall, president of the Iroquoia board of directors, said the club told CN officials they would like to see the trail restored to the closed locations.
"We did look ... around the area to see what other possible options there might be, but there was nothing definitive decided upon," he said.
The club has created a 2.5-kilometre detour to make up for the closed section, which runs from near the intersection of Woodley Lane and King Street in Dundas to where the trail crosses Sydenham Road in the east. The club also closed an 800-metre side trail that ran along the train tracks.
Frank Binder, spokesperson for CN, said the track area has never been designated a crossing. If the trail is moved back there, Transport Canada will need to be involved because they decide where crossings are allowed.
"We're looking for options and there is a possibility that yes, it could go back to that location," Binder said.
Both sides plan on conducting some research and anticipate meeting again within a month.
Neither side had a timeline for when they think the issue might be resolved.