Canadian Pacific says trespassing has increased downtown, in support of closing two railway crossings
By Glynn Brothen
September 24, 2015 - 5:25 PM
KAMLOOPS — Canadian Pacific Railway is asking Transport Canada to consider closing the railway crossings at 2 and 3 Avenues as they say increased business traffic has led to more trespassing on private property.
"Trespassing problems worsened at these locations with the recent business openings and become dangerous during events in the Interior Savings Centre and Riverfront Park,” CP Rail spokesperson Jeremy Berry says.
Representatives with the organization met with City authorities on the issue several times ‘to no avail,’ he says.
"We have provided information to Transport Canada and they are investigating our concerns,” he says adding the railway prefers to close the crossings.
Mayor Peter Milobar says city discussions with the railway have been off and on over the years, but feels there hasn’t been a huge spike in traffic since the construction of the Sandman Hotel and its two restaurants — Shark Club and Moxie’s. He adds the railway has wanted closures for a long time and is using the new business in the area as a ‘convenient’ way to readdress the topic.
“There’s not a huge difference from what was there previously. This isn’t something that’s brand new. They’ve wanted them closed for a long time,” he says. “We’ve said all along that we’re not in support of the permanent closures. We’re more than willing to try and work with CP, but it seems their only response is to want a closure."
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