CN: Parts of Rail Network Shut Down Due to Blockades
2/12 10:58 AM
CN: Parts of Rail Network Shut Down Due to Blockades CANYON LAKE, Texas (DTN) -- Canadian National Railway announced Tuesday (2/11) that it will be forced to shut down significant parts of its Canadian network imminently unless blockades on its rail lines are removed. Blockades near Belleville, ON, on CN's only eastern link between Western Canada and Eastern Canada and between Eastern Canada and the U.S. Midwest and on CN's northern mainline in B.C. between Prince George and Prince Rupert, are impacting all Canadians' ability to move goods, the company said. CN said there are currently no movements of any trains, freight or passenger, at both those locations. Hundreds of trains have been canceled since the blockades began five days ago, the company said. "It's not just passenger trains that are impacted by these blockades, it's all Canadian supply-chains" said JJ Ruest, president and CEO at CN. "We are currently parking trains across our network, but due to limited available space for such, CN will have no choice but to temporarily discontinue service in key corridors unless the blockades come to an end." Continued Ruest, "Intermodal containers carrying perishable goods including food and consumer items, Canadian grain, deicing fluid at airports, construction materials, propane to Quebec and Atlantic Canada, natural resources creating rural jobs across Canada such as lumber, aluminum, coal and propane; all of these commodities are already impacted and will see their movements even more diminished." A public statement from protesters blocking the lines explained that their actions are in solidarity with the pipeline opposition movement and are unrelated to CN's activities. (c) 2020 DTN. All rights reserved.