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VIA Rail Reacts to HBR Derailment in Northern Manitoba


In a statement released this evening VIA president and chief executive officer Paul Côte, in reacting to the latest derailment of a freight train on the HBR line between Thompson and The Pas, decried the unacceptable performance of the Hudson Bay Railway Company saying that the latest derailment “has called into serious question the ability of this company to provide safe and reliable passage to our trains.”

“VIA has been working in good faith with HBR and other host railways, including national railways, to provide our passengers with the best possible service but has been repeatedly frustrated in its attempts to bring serious improvement to their level of performance.”

“These discussions have produced no visible results and I have no choice but to conclude that the management of HBR is failing to meet its responsibility to deliver VIA, its passengers and employees to their destinations safely or to make any serious effort to meet the critical transportation needs of the residents and communities of Northern Manitoba.”

“We are tired of the apparent disregard of operating host railways in this country for the important public responsibility with which they have been entrusted. They claim they’re doing their best and then let the Canadian public suffer the consequences of their failure to deliver.”

“VIA and Canadians everywhere are fed up of this situation. We demand better on behalf of the travelling public and Canadian communities right across the country.”

VIA sincerely regrets any inconvenience this current disruption may cause to its passengers. Customers holding tickets for these trains or wishing further information may visit or call 888-VIA RAIL (842-7245).


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