15-minute train service plan between Union-Oshawa

The tragedy on the night of November 27 may not have derailed GO Transit expansion plans to bring 15-minute, two-way service between Union Station and Oshawa.

A worker died while work was being carried out on rehabilitation and upgrade of the line in Pickering.

On the Lakeshore East rail corridor, there is already a two-way, all-day service seven days a week.

“We’re going to take it up a notch. With GO Expansion on the Lakeshore East line, we’re bringing 15-minute, two-way service between Union Station and Oshawa,” said a recent statement from Metrolinx, operator of GO Transit.

It said GO service is expanding with more frequent service, more stations, cleaner technology and more connections. “Across the entire network, our goal is to deliver 6,000 train trips a week. We’re transforming GO Transit to bring more frequent two-way, all-day service to the Lakeshore East line, seven days a week. The work has already started on the Lakeshore East line”.

Construction, rehabilitation and upgrade works will be ongoing until Spring 2022.

Metrolinx said to ensure Lakeshore East rail service levels are maintained throughout this project, work that requires access to the track(s) will be completed during the overnight period or pre-planned weekend closures. Work that can be completed from the soffit, or underside of the bridge, will be completed during the day.

It said care will be taken to ensure the work does not impact the Rouge River or adjacent natural areas. Work that is accessed from the Rouge River Park will begin first and will include scaffolding and enclosure set-up; structure steel repair works; abrasive blasting and painting; and, substructure repair works.

Work that will be conducted from track level (and will be accessed by Rodd Avenue) includes: bridge deck tie and rail replacement; retaining wall replacements; installation of new approach slabs and backwalls; and, replacement of approach ties and rails.

The Rouge River bridge’s timber deck ties and track will be replaced. (Metrolinx image)

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