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Minutes count in emergency
Editor, The News:
I have been a 17-year resident of Pitt Meadows.
When my family moved here in 1997, the trains moved through town very quickly and it was unusual to have wait more than a minute or two at the Harris Road crossing.
After the CP Rail Intermodal Yard was built in the 1990s is when the troubles began.
The trains slow down around the Maple Meadows crossing and get to a snail’s pace by the time that they reach Harris Road.
The traffic congestion and impairments to our emergency services that have evolved over time since the intermodal yard was built is of no concern to CP Rail.
Do you think CP actually cares if traffic is tied up for 10, 15, or 20 minutes?
Its public relations department will say all the right things, but nothing concrete will be done.
The municipal, provincial, and federal politicians at the time the intermodal yard plans were being initiated really dropped the ball.
Questions should have been asked about traffic flow and, more importantly, how emergency vehicles could travel north and south on Harris Road without delay.
If these concerns were put forward, then it appears that CP Rail is not being held accountable.
Let’s not kid ourselves – minutes count in any emergency.
I urge Mayor Deb Walters, MLA Doug Bing and MP Randy Kamp to organize a town hall meeting to allow the citizens of Pitt Meadows to be heard loud and clear once and for all.
CP Rail received permission within the past year to extend the length of their trains.
To all of those people who will write in to advise us that the trains were here first, please don’t bother.
There are a lot of families that moved here before the intermodal yard was built, so we didn’t have any pre-existing knowledge that the Harris Road crossing would become such a mess.
This has been a hot topic in the local newspapers for many years. I
It is time for all levels of government to acknowledge that and put the concerns of their constituents first.