Blockade at Marysville, Ontario Affects VIA Trains Enroute to Toronto from Ottawa and Montréal
TORONTO, June 28 – Due to the closure of CN’s Montréal-Toronto rail line as a result of a blockage at Marysville, Ontario (about 15 km east of Belleville), all VIA services between Montréal-Toronto and Ottawa-Toronto have been suspended. All other VIA train services are expected to operate on their normal schedules.
VIA was informed at 9:00 p.m. of the erection of this blockade, some three hours prior to the start of the National Day of Action. Affected are VIA train 69 enroute from Montréal to Toronto, and trains 47 and 49 enroute from Ottawa to Toronto. VIA is currently arranging for alternate transportation for over 400 affected passengers.
VIA is unfortunately unable to provide alternate transportation for any other of the other train services that will be affected tomorrow.
VIA will offer a full refund for those passengers holding tickets on trains affected by this disruption in service, and will waive any fees involved for passengers who wish to change their travel plans and travel at a later date.
VIA anticipates returning to full service on the above routes on Saturday, June 30th, and will make every effort to accommodate additional passengers.
VIA sincerely regrets any inconvenience this disruption may cause to its passengers. Call volume has been high at its call centers. Passengers are encouraged to visit VIA’s website viarail.ca which will be updated on a regular basis. Customers holding tickets for these trains or wishing further information may visit viarail.ca or call 888-VIA RAIL (842-7245).
VIA will issue updates as more information becomes available.
For further information: Malcolm Andrews, (514) 871-6604, (514) 946-4160 (Cell); Catherine Kaloutsky, (416) 956-7683, (647) 228-1127 (Cell)