Via Rail cancels plans to resume Montreal-Quebec City service as new blockade pops up

Plans for Via Rail to resume service between Montreal and Quebec City have been dashed with the arrival of a new rail blockade in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, the company said Wednesday.

A Via Rail spokesperson said trains travelling between the two cities will now be stalled until the end of Friday, Feb. 21. Passengers on those trains have been notified about refunds, the spokesperson added.

Service in the area was set to start moving again on Thursday, when service on other corridors in Quebec and southwestern Ontario is still planned to resume.

Trains will now only take passengers between Ottawa and Montreal on trains 22,24,26,28,33,35,37 and 39, which will begin partial service on Feb. 20. Full service between those two cities will be available on weekends.

Full service will also resume on the Toronto-London-Windsor, Toronto-Sarnia and Toronto-Niagara Falls corridors on the morning of Feb. 20.

All other Via Rail routes remain cancelled until further notice, the only exceptions being Sudbury-White River and Churchill-The Pas.

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