CP Rail to resume regulated track speeds

As a result of the completion of the Hwy. 2A infrastructure improvements, Canadian Pacific is lifting a local track speed restriction

  • Jan. 23, 2014 12:00 p.m.

As a result of the completion of the Hwy. 2A infrastructure improvements, Canadian Pacific is lifting a local track speed restriction at the Hwy. 12/ 50th St. level crossing in Lacombe, resuming regulated track speed in the area.

Changes resuming regulated track speed will be implemented as follows:

– 20mph (32kph) to 35mph (56kph) currently effective.

– 35mph (56kph) to 55mph (89kph) effective Jan. 27.

This measure will improve the public traffic flow at railroad grade crossings, officials said.

Motorists are reminded when approaching any grade crossing:

– Always be prepared to stop when approaching train tracks, do not attempt to drive around activated crossing or when crossing lights are flashing.

– If a crossing has no flashing lights or gates, look both ways to ensure no trains are approaching before entering the crossing.

– It takes 1-2 kms for a train to come to a safe stop after the brakes are applied, if your car stalls on the crossing tracks, get out, move off the tracks, and call 911.

– Never walk on the railroad tracks. The only legal place to cross a railroad line is at a marked grade crossing or designated pedestrian walkway.

Residents with questions or concerns can contact the community connect hotline at 1-800-766-7912 or by email at Community_Connect@cpr.ca.

For more information on rail safety, visit the Operation Life web site at www.operationlifesaver.ca.

– Vossen