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Canada Via Rail to resume partial service on Eastern Canada routes starting Tuesday

01:50  29 february  2020
01:50  29 february  2020 Source:   globalnews.ca

CN Rail laying off about 450 workers after shutting down Eastern Canada network

  CN Rail laying off about 450 workers after shutting down Eastern Canada network MONTREAL — CN Rail is laying off about 450 workers in its operations in Eastern Canada after cancelling more than 400 trains in the past week over a rail blockade protesting an LNG pipeline in British Columbia. The layoffs will affect operational staff, including employees working at Autoport in Eastern Passage, Moncton, Charny and Montreal. The Montreal-based railway says the situation is "regrettable" because the impact on the economy and its employees from the protests is unrelated to CN's activities and beyond its control.CN said the shutdown is "progressive and methodical" to ensure it can be restarted when the blockades end completely.

Feb 18 (Reuters) - Rail operator VIA Rail Canada said on Tuesday it would resume partial services between Quebec City and Ottawa starting Thursday, after receiving a notification from Canadian National Railway Co, the country's biggest rail road.

Rail operator VIA Rail Canada said on Tuesday it would resume partial services between Quebec City and Ottawa starting Thursday, after receiving a Protests opposing the construction of a gas pipeline project in British Columbia has disrupted passenger trains and goods transportation in Canada .

a train on a steel track: A smoking Via Rail engine is shown as it idles at the Oakville, Ont. train station on March 22, 2019. © THE CANADIAN PRESS/Richard Buchan A smoking Via Rail engine is shown as it idles at the Oakville, Ont. train station on March 22, 2019.

Via Rail says most of its routes will be up and running again by early next week, including some key Eastern Canada services that were stalled by ongoing rail blockades.

The company announced Friday that partial service will resume on the popular Toronto-Montreal and Toronto-Ottawa routes Tuesday — closing the last major gaps in the regional network that was brought to a halt by protests in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs opposed to the Coastal GasLink pipeline project.

Via Rail lays off 1,000 employees temporarily as blockades drag on

  Via Rail lays off 1,000 employees temporarily as blockades drag on Via Rail lays off 1,000 employees temporarily as blockades drag onThe Crown corporation has suspended passenger trains on its Montreal-Toronto and Ottawa-Toronto routes for about two weeks due to the protests that have disrupted rail service across the country.

VIA Rail will partially resume * service * between Ottawa and Montréal on Thursday, while * service * on the Ottawa-Toronto-Windsor corridor remains shut MONTREAL — Via Rail says partial * service * is set to resume between Quebec City, Montreal and Ottawa beginning Thursday.Almost all other Via

Rail operator VIA Rail Canada said on Tuesday it would resume partial services between Quebec City and Ottawa starting Thursday, after receiving a Protests opposing the construction of a gas pipeline project in British Columbia has disrupted passenger trains and goods transportation in Canada .

In addition, Via Rail's cross-country route between Vancouver and Toronto will allow two departures next week: one leaving Toronto on Wednesday, and the other departing Vancouver next Friday. Further departures will be confirmed "in the coming days," the company said in a statement.

Another global shipper warns it may bypass Halifax due to rail blockades

  Another global shipper warns it may bypass Halifax due to rail blockades Another large shipping line that calls on Halifax is prepared to route cargo away from the city's port because Indigenous protests have paralyzed the rail system in eastern Canada. German-headquartered Hapag-Lloyd told its customers in a notice Wednesday on its website that "various options to move/divert cargo out of Halifax are being explored." "The blockade in Ontario remains in place, and CN's Eastern Canadian network is more or less shut down," the company said. CN Rail operates the only rail line serving Halifax.

Via Rail Canada will temporary layoff approximately 1,000 employees as anti-pipeline blockades continue, bringing railway Via Rail has received authorization from CN Rail , which operates the track Via uses, to resume partial service on some routes . Despite the partial return to service , the

Via Rail says partial passenger train * service * will not resume this week — as was previously announced — while the Via Rail says despite plans to resume partial services along certain parts of its rail line, it has INQUINTE.CA | Via Rail to resume routes in southwestern Ontario Thursday.

Service between Winnipeg and The Pas, Man., will resume this coming Sunday, while the Senneterre-Jonquière route in Quebec will be restored starting Wednesday.

READ MORE: Fires set along railway tracks as protests continue in Tyendinaga

A final affected route between Prince Rupert, B.C., Prince George, B.C., and Jasper, Alta., remains cancelled, although the company says that's set to last until the end of next Friday at the earliest.

Weeks of blockades set up on rail tracks owned by CN Rail and used by Via brought trains for both companies to a halt earlier this month.

Via back to 'partial' service to Montreal, but other blockades continue

  Via back to 'partial' service to Montreal, but other blockades continue Via Rail resumed partial service Thursday between Ottawa and Montreal but a new blockade near St. Lambert, south of Montreal, means service will not continue on to Quebec City. “Due to a new blockade near St-Lambert (Québec), VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) has no other option but to cancel the resumption of its service between Montréal and Québec City,” Via Rail said in a release late Thursday. “Trains between Montreal and Quebec City are now cancelled until Friday, February 21, end of day.” The protest in St. Lambert appears to be in support of the Wet’suwet’en people in B.C., although the protesters did not identify themselves as Indigenous people.

Via Rail says partial passenger train * service * will not resume this week — as was previously announced — while the INQUINTE.CA | Via Rail to resume routes in southwestern Ontario Thursday. VIA Rail plans to resume * service * on its line through Kitchener on Thursday, one

MONTREAL — Via Rail says partial service is set to resume between Quebec City, Montreal and Ottawa beginning Via Rail trains are seen parked at Via Rail 's Toronto Maintenance Centre after the Canadian National Railway Co (CN Rail ) said it will halt operations in eastern Canada and VIA Rail

The longest-standing barricade in the country, which was set up by members of the Mohawk First Nation on its territory in Tyendinaga, Ont., was finally taken down on Monday, resulting in the arrest of 10 people.

While smaller blockades have been erected across the country in the days since, injunctions brought by CN and CP Rail have brought them down quickly.

READ MORE: Wet’suwet’en protests: New blockades spring up in Canada after Tyendinaga arrests

Via Rail temporarily laid off roughly 1,000 workers at the height of the stoppage, with the company restoring service in piecemeal fashion as one blockade after another came down.

As of Friday, Via Rail says 940 trains have been cancelled because of the blockades, affecting more than 164,000 passengers.

READ MORE: Railroad blockades ‘setting back reconciliation 20 years,’ warns B.C. MLA Ellis Ross

"We continue to work with the infrastructure owner, CN Rail, on making sure that normal service can resume on all routes and that passengers can be welcomed back on board our trains as quickly as possible," the company said in a statement.

The company says the transition to partial and eventually full service will take time and may have impacts on reservations, and is advising passengers to check the Via Rail website for information about reservations and refunds.

Protesters voiced solidarity with the 28 people arrested by RCMP in Wet'suwet'en territory in northern B.C. after RCMP moved in to enforce an injunction on behalf of Coastal GasLink. The blockades were not set to come down until RCMP fully left the territory and work on the pipeline was halted there.

The Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs said those same conditions would have to be met before sitting down with provincial and federal government ministers.

Those meetings ultimately went forward Thursday and Friday after RCMP and Coastal GasLink relented and pulled their resources.

Via Rail service resumes on most routes following weeks of disruption .
Via Rail Canada says full service has resumed on most of its routes on Saturday after weeks of disruption. The crown corporation says it is offering all services between Toronto-Montreal and Toronto-Ottawa. The only exceptions are trains 45 and 655, which are expected to be offered on Sunday.

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