Improving Railway Track Safety

OTTAWA: Gerald Soroka, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, wishes to advise that Transport Canada is taking action to improve railway track safety to better protect those living and working near Canada’s rail corridors, while also ensuring that railway tracks are in optimal condition to safely move Canadian goods to market.

As a result of the new changes to the Rules Respecting Track Safety, railway companies will be required to:

• put in place a certification process for employees who inspect tracks and supervise the restoration of tracks to make sure their personnel have the proper knowledge and experience to carry out their safety duties.

• establish a process to ensure that track maintenance and repair work meets regulatory requirements and the railway companies’ own standards to improve accountability; and

• develop and implement comprehensive plans to manage rail wear and the condition of the rail surface, that are to be approved by a professional engineer to improve the integrity of railway tracks.