Via Rail Canada - Public service announcement - Update - CN track blockage near Belleville, Ontario continues to affect VIA passenger train operations



    VIA continuing to monitor situation with respect to blockade by First
    Nations group at Tyendinaga

    MONTREAL, April 20 /CNW Telbec/ - VIA Rail Canada was informed earlier
this morning by Canadian National that its Kingston Subdivision is now closed
to all train operations, due to a track blockage by a First Nations group in
the Tyendinaga area, near Belleville, Ontario. Hence, today's passenger trains
operating between Toronto and Ottawa as well as between Toronto and Montreal,
in both directions, will continue to be replaced by chartered buses until
further notice.
    These alternative arrangements are in place for passengers with existing
reservations. VIA is not accepting new bookings for travel today on the
affected routes at this time.
    Local service between Montreal and Ottawa, in both directions, is not
affected.
    Buses will make all regularly scheduled stops at enroute VIA stations.
VIA will attempt to respect its scheduled departure and arrival times, but
delays of approximately one hour are nonetheless expected.
    VIA is waiving any applicable service charges for cancellations or
changes made as a result of this situation. Customers wishing further
information can call 1-888-VIA-RAIL.
    No decision has been taken at this time with respect to passenger train
operations this weekend. A further update will be issued once more information
is available.




For further information:

For further information: Media enquiries: Corporate Communications - VIA
Rail Canada: Catherine Kaloutsky, (416) 956-7683, (647) 228-1127 (Cell);
Malcolm Andrews, (514) 871-6604, (514) 946-4160 (Cell); Public Affairs -
Canadian National: Mark Hallman, (905) 669-3384; Julie Sénécal, (514)
399-4048


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