Cornwall nixes train whistling study

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CORNWALL – The city won’t be moving ahead with getting rid of train whistles in Cornwall.

“They are vital. They were there first,” Coun. David Murphy said of the railway tracks and trains, in putting forward a motion to not proceed with a $30,000 study, which could have resulted in $300,000 in upgrades.

“Railway crossings have been in the news…in regards to safety. In this day in age we want to be more careful than not,” Coun. Bernadette Clement said.

She questioned who would be responsible if there was an accident.

Infrastructure Manager John St. Marseille said there would be some liability on the municipality if whistling was removed within the city limits.

But he said the municipality is not the first to explore this.

“Why spend $30,000 on a study. Train tracks were there a long time ago and developers build around them and suddenly there’s a problem,” Coun. Claude McIntosh added.

The motion to not proceed was approved by council.