Thursday, March 30, 2023

$106 million for the rehabilitation of the Quebec Central railway

We know that this type of transportation not only puts pressure on our arteries, deteriorating roads and all, but also emits more GHGs. [Le transport ferroviaire]much more convenient and efficient from the environmental and economic point of view, declared the Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility, Genovefa Guilbault, in a press conference in Thetford Mines.

Several local officials were elected to him, including the MP for Lotbinière-Frontenac, Isabella Lecours, and the mayor of the Thetford mine, Marc-Alexandre Brousseau.

From left to right: Mayor of Thetford Mines, Marc-Alexandre Brousseau, MNA Lotbinière-Frontenac, Isabella Lecours, minister of transport and sustainable mobility, Genovefa Guilbault, mayor of Vallis-Jonction, Patricia Drouin, and MP. to Beauce-Nord, Luc Provençal.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Louis-Simon Lapointe

The proposed rehabilitation of a section totaling 58 kilometers of rail includes the restoration of 17 railway bridges and the replacement of 102 culverts.

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The center piece consists of the reconstruction of the railway bridge over the Chaudière River in Vallee-Jonction for which the invitation to tenders will be launched on Thursday.

The Ruins Of The Valley-Junction Railroad Bridge In Winter

The Valley-Junction railway bridge in 2022. Its restoration is one of the main investment projects announced on Monday.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Louis-Simon Lapointe

“Rail transport is a sustainable and very environmentally friendly alternative to road transport.”

– Authority of Genevefe Guilbault, minister of transport and sustainable mobility

The provincial government acquired the Quebec Central Railway in 2007. Only one of the four sections of the network, located between Charny and Sainte-Marie, is currently in operation.

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The work cited in section 2, which links Scott and Valley-Junction. The 106 million invested by Quebec are sections 3 (Vallée-Jonction to Tring-Jonction) and 4 (Tring-Jonction to Thetford Mines).

In 2019, Quebec declared its desire to rehabilitate the network at Thetford Mines to offer an alternative solution to the transport of goods by heavy vehicles.

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The return of rail freight to Vallee-Jonction wants to reduce the influx of trucks in the region, according to Quebec.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Louis-Simon Lapointe

Genovefa Guilbault said Monday that they are aiming to return trains to the town of Chaudière-Appalaches in 2025.

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