VIA's train service between Parksville and Courtenay interrupted due to
bridge fire near Parksville

VANCOUVER, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - VIA Rail Canada wishes to advise travellers that due to a fire on the trusses of bridge near Parksville, train service between Parksville and Courtenay will be replaced by bus.

Until June 21, 2010, VIA will continue to operate regular train service from Victoria to Parksville in both directions. Customers travelling between Parksville and Courtenay will be bussed to their final destination.

VIA train 199 operates daily from Victoria to Courtenay. Train 198 operates daily from Courtenay to Victoria.

While it is not known at this time when regular train service can resume, VIA has been advised by Southern Rail that repairs are expected to be completed by June 21, 2010.

VIA wishes to apologize for any inconvenience this disruption, which is beyond VIA's control, may cause to its customers.

Further updates will be issued as more information is made available.

For information, please call 1888 VIA RAil (842-7245), visit

SOURCE VIA Rail Canada Inc.

For further information: For further information: Catherine Kaloutsky, (647) 228-1127

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