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April 24, 2017

Canada to invest in rail safety improvement programme

The Government of Canada has announced 131 new projects and initiatives, as part of a bid to improve the country's rail transportation system.

The Government of Canada has announced 131 new projects and initiatives, as part of a bid to improve the country's rail transportation system.

Canada currently has more than 44,000km of track across the country, as well as approximately 14,000 public and 9,000 private grade crossings.

The newly announced projects are set to receive more than C$20m ($14.75m) under the government’s wide-ranging $55m rail safety improvement programme.

The three-year initiative intends to decrease injuries and fatalities at crossings and improve public confidence in Canada's rail transport networks.

Canada Minister of Transport Marc Garneau said: “Rail Safety is my top priority. With 44,000km of track, we all need to share the responsibility of a safe railway system in Canada.

"The rail safety improvement programme is an essential component of our commitment to improving rail safety by collaborating with railway companies, local communities and road authorities."

“The rail safety improvement programme is an essential component of our commitment to improving rail safety by collaborating with railway companies, local communities and road authorities.”

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The government will provide renewed support to a national public outreach initiative known as Operation Lifesaver as part of the funding, which raises awareness about railway crossings and the dangers of trespassing.

It also plans to invest in 125 projects that focus on infrastructure, technology and research, in order to improve safety features in and around rail property and the usage of new technologies.

Five new regional and municipal rail safety education and awareness initiatives are also set to receive funding.

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