No Public Release of Railway Studies Until Month’s End
A provincial official says it will now be close to the end of the month before the public gets to see three studies on the railway in Cape Breton.
The studies were delivered to a government appointed railway committee, last month and Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan had hoped they’d be made public by now.
However, the province says many members of the railway committee had questions about parts of the reports and sent them back looking for answers.
As a result, they aren’t willing to make the documents public, at this time.
The reports focused on three separate areas: shipping by rail versus truck, the cost of upgrading the Cape Breton line and the economic opportunities the rail service provides.
The reports were commissioned after railway owner Genesee and Wyoming said it planned to abandon the Point Tupper to Sydney section of the line because of a lack of business.
Provincial officials say the reports and a fourth report summarising key elements of all three will all be released sometime after Sept. 22 when the railway committee next meets.