Cape Breton Regional Municipality applauds action on rail line

October 31, 2014

SYDNEY, NS – The Cape Breton Regional Municipality is pleased with the provincial government's legislation today to change the Railway Act.

"The government moved today to protect the future of rail service in Cape Breton and we support their efforts fully," said Mayor Cecil Clarke. "The rail line is a critical piece of infrastructure that is part of the full package of highway, air, rail and port intermodal services."

The provincial government's legislation redefines the process for discontinuance and abandonment and the removal of the rails. The removal of the rails would be an irreversible blow to the economic value of the Port of Sydney and would harm the prospects of existing businesses.

"The only way to ensure continuance of rail in the long term is the development of new industry in Cape Breton Regional Municipality. That will remain the municipality's top priority," continued Clarke. "What we have done here today is buy time, but it will take nothing short of a full effort, from all levels of government, to develop the marine industries of the Port of Sydney, the Donkin Mine and other economic drivers for Cape Breton."

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality is the second largest metropolitan area in Nova Scotia and third largest in Atlantic Canada. With a population of approximately 100,000, the CBRM features a world-class deep water port, the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic site and the internationally acclaimed Cape Breton University. Cape Breton Regional Municipality is the home of Canada's Coast Guard College and the gateway to Newfoundland & Labrador via Marine Atlantic's ferry terminal at North Sydney.