CN applauds federal decision modifying train slowdown

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

MONTREAL – CN has applauded the federal government’s decision to amend the Ministerial Order issued on February 7, 2020 which restricted the speed of trains carrying dangerous goods on all parts of the railway networks in Canada.

The slowdown meant a reduction in at least a third of CN’s overall network capacity for all trains, even those not carrying dangerous goods.

By revising the order to take into account substantial investments made to equip mainline tracks with automated signaling technology, which represents the vast majority of CN’s network, the railway says it will be able to recover more efficiently from the illegal blockades which have blocked its track for more than 10 days now

“Safety is a core value at CN, and we are supportive of the Minister of Transportation’s decision,” said JJ Ruest, president and CEO at CN.

“We are committed to working over the next several weeks with Transport Canada on recommendations to increase overall safety by reducing derailments. Today’s ruling will allow us to use our capacity to recover in the Western region. We will implement a similar recovery plan across our Eastern region when all the blockades are fully ended, including the one in Belleville Ontario which is into its 10th day. We are working very hard to recover our North American network upon the lifting of any and all illegal blockades.”