VICTORIA, BC, April 6 /CNW Telbec/ - An inspection of the tracks and
structures between Victoria and Nanaimo was conducted jointly over the
last two days by Southern Railway of Vancouver Island (SRVI), the BC
Safety Authority, the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure,
and VIA. Following that inspection, SRVI informed VIA of its decision
that significant infrastructure improvement will be required before
passenger rail service can resume on this route.
VIA will continue to offer a replacement chartered motorcoach service
between Victoria and Courtenay. This service has been place since March
21, when SRVI track maintenance work on the rail line first began. VIA
had been planning to reinstate partial service on April 8.
SRVI has not indicated when the rail line will be reopened for passenger
rail service. VIA will however continue to monitor the situation
closely with the rail line owner, the Island Corridor Foundation (ICF)
and SRVI, with the hope of resuming normal train service as soon as
practicable. Updates will be issued as more information becomes
SRVI operates and maintains the infrastructure on behalf of, the ICF.
For information regarding the track conditions and work plans, contact
The bus replacing VIA's northbound train departs Monday thru Saturday
from the Victoria train station to Courtenay at 08:00 am, and on
Sundays at 10:00 am.
The bus replacing VIA's southbound train departs Monday thru Saturday
from the Courtenay train station to Victoria at 1:15 pm, and on Sundays
Please note that space is limited. Customers wishing further information
on VIA services or the replacement bus service may check for updates at
www.viarail.ca, or call 1 888-VIA RAIL (842-7245) or (TTY for the
hearing-impaired) 1 800 268-9503. Follow VIA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@via_rail.
SOURCE VIA RAIL CANADA INC.
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