Train whistle cessation approved in Ardrossan

January 20, 2016

Train whistle cessation approved in Ardrossan

On January 19, Council passed a resolution to discontinue routine train whistling at the CN crossing on Highway 824 at Ardrossan. CN Rail will implement this change over the next few weeks.

“For many years, Councillor Paul Smith, former Councillor Jacquie Fenske and I have worked with many residents to address the increased frequency of train whistles. This noise is negatively impacting the livability of their community,” says Mayor Roxanne Carr. “This will stop routine train whistling, without compromising safety at this location.”

The adoption of this resolution marks the end of a four year process involving the County, Alberta Transportation, CN Rail and Transport Canada. Strathcona County required approximately $100,000 to conduct a detailed safety assessment and install alternate safety measures to eliminate the need for routine whistling.

The most obvious change was the installation of a six-foot-high, chain-link fence extending approximately 400 metres from the crossing on each side of the track. With the crossing’s proximity to the Ardrossan Recreation Complex and the hamlet, the fence was put in place to discourage pedestrians from accessing the tracks. Signage will also be installed along the highway to alert drivers to the change.

It is important to note that, even with a whistle cessation agreement in place, rail companies will always retain the overriding authority to sound the train whistle at the sole discretion of the conductor.

Administration will be bringing forward a report by end of March to discuss and receive approval from Council for prioritization of next train whistle cessation locations, as per the approved Council policy.

More information about train whistle cessation

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of almost 96,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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