Council working to silence train whistles through Ethel Park

Township council is hoping to work with CN to prevent trains from sounding a whistle as they pass through the Ethel Park subdivision in Beaverton.

At Monday’s (March 18) council meeting, Ward 1 Councillor Mike Jubb brought forward a motion directing staff to work with the company to address the long-standing concerns of residents in the area.

“It’s a big, big issue,” Coun. Jubb said, one that’s been exacerbated by the construction of a berm along the rail line as part of the Marydel development.

“I know this isn’t the first time it has come up at council.”

CAO Thom Gettinby agreed, noting that the municipality has made numerous attempts to work with CN over the years but has had little success.

Nevertheless, the motion received unanimous support from council.

“It’s gotten significantly louder,” said Ward 2 Councillor Claire Doble.

“It’s affecting the quality of life (for residents).”

In an interview following the meeting, Coun. Jubb said he was hopeful the Township would receive a positive response this time around.

“I have done in-depth research on the matter with CN. Ultimately, if council passes as resolution for the cessation of the whistle, the final decision will be in the hands of Transport Canada,” he said.

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