Halton Region Pushes Back Against Major CN Truck-Rail Project

By: Case Feenstra Team

Halton Region Pushes Back Against Major CN Truck-Rail Project

Tags: Oakville, Halton Region, Milton, CN Rail, Traffic, Development

A 1,200 acre plot of undeveloped land in Milton is the focus of a legal battle brewing between local municipalities and CN Rail.
Milton, Burlington, Halton Hills, and Oakville have joined together to file suit against the transportation giant as it looks to break ground on a major logistics hub in Milton south of Britannia Road off of Tremaine Road.
The proposed $250 million project would bring a significant increase in rail and truck traffic through the area, something that is raising concerns within many local communities. More details on the project can be found here.
Due to a regulatory loophole, the project does not have to consult with local or even provincial authorities because of its rail component since rail transportation is strictly a federal issue. The new CN hub however would see 1,600 additional transport truck trips to and from the site on local roads each day, with it set to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Reviews on the project are still underway from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency but no final decisions have been made yet. The impacts from the lawsuit are also yet to be seen.

But one thing is clear. More transport trucks and traffic on roads is not appealing. This rail project would be upsetting to many Halton residents.

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