SYDNEY — Focus groups concentrating on the interests of specific communities in the future of Cape Breton’s rail line are being set up as part of the effort to engage the public and retain the service.
By Nancy King Cape Breton Post
The idea for the groups came from Rev. Greg MacLeod at a meeting this week of the Scotia Rail Development Society, and they would focus on four areas — central Cape Breton, the northside, Glace Bay and Sydney.
“My point is the railway is more significant than most people think,” MacLeod said. “There’s special interests in different communities."
David Rae, who chairs the society, said "the unifying factor is the rail … but there are different areas of interest and expertise.”
On the northside, the particular concern is around Marine Atlantic traffic. MacLeod said if the trend of diverting freight to Halifax to transport to Newfoundland continues, avoiding North Sydney altogether, the ferry service could be reduced to solely passenger traffic.
“That’s a danger,” MacLeod said.
In Glace Bay, the interest is around the reopening of the Donkin mine and how the coal it would produce would be moved.
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