Friday, August 23, 2013

VIA Rail suspends service due to track conditions

VIA Rail Canada has suspended service between Matapédia, New Carlisle and Gaspé, as a result of Société du chemin de fer de la Gaspésie (SCFG)'s rail infrastructure problems in Quebec.

 

SCFG has not yet confirmed when the necessary upgrades will be completed. Until then, in order to ensure the safety of passengers, VIA Rail will cease selling tickets for service between Matapédia, New Carlisle and Gaspé.

"This decision follows Société du chemin de fer de la Gaspésie's announcement to suspend traffic due to rail corrosion and malfunctioning crossing signals", explained Marc Laliberté, president and CEO of VIA Rail. Trains will only run between Montréal and Matapédia until SCFG has completed the necessary work.

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