Railway Safety Act Review – May 3, 2017

Railway Safety Act Review

May 3, 2017

OTTAWA – Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, is informing residents of a review of the Railway Safety Act, which is being conducted one year ahead of schedule.

To carry out this review, the Minister of Transport has appointed a panel, which is tasked with engaging a broad range of stakeholders from across the country.

“Considering some of the ongoing safety issues in our riding of Yellowhead in which CN trains block crossings for unacceptable amounts of time, I am encouraging all residents and stakeholders with a vested interest in rail safety to provide their views to the Review Panel,” stated MP Eglinski.

The review will focus on examining existing provisions and programs under the Act, including their suitability, adequacy, and effectiveness. This is necessary to ensure the Act’s core objective of ensuring rail safety for Canadians is met.

A final report from the panel is expected by May 2018.

“Canada is a large country that relies on investment, openness and trade for its economic success. We need to ensure that people and products can move quickly and safely, while respecting the safety of local residents,” concluded MP Eglinski.

To learn more about the Railway Safety Act Review and its Review Panel members, please visit http://www.tc.gc.ca/en/reviews/railway-safety-act-review-2017-18.html.

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