Bypass railway for Lac-Mégantic: the timeline will be respected

Voie de contournement ferroviaire de Lac-Mégantic: l’échéancier sera respecté

LAC-MÉGANTIC | Seven years after the tragedy of Lac-Mégantic, the government of Québec provides that the timeframe for the commencement of the construction of the bypass railway, expected in 2021, will be respected.

In a press release issued Saturday by the department of Transport, the provincial authorities claim that the project “is progressing very satisfactorily”.

“The proposed bypass route has been developed after a process of careful and allow for the well-being and safety of the community in the long term, while ensuring that local businesses can continue to benefit from a rail transport adequate”, can we also read.

After two citizen consultations organized by the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) in 2017 and 2019, a report has been submitted to the ministry of the Environment and the Fight against climate change. The latter is currently finalizing the analysis of the project and its effects on the environment.

Discussions are also underway with Transport Canada to ensure that the project, which is funded 40 % by the provincial and 60% by the federal government, to comply with environmental standards. It is the canadian government, which will ensure the management of the project, which is under federal jurisdiction.

Recall that the tragedy of railway in Lac-Mégantic, which occurred on July 6, 2013, killed 47 people when a train was derailed in the centre of the city, causing a huge fire.

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