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ICF says safety review moving forward, but no firm date for completion

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The Island Corridor Foundation says it doesn’t have a firm timeline for the province’s safety review of a track upgrade plan.

The long-delayed return of passenger rail, which was suspended more than 4 years ago, between Victoria and Nanaimo hinges on that review.

This week, Regional District of Nanaimo Directors voted to put more pressure on the ICF for copies of reports on the upgrades and other information.

ICF Executive Director Graham Bruce says better communication is one of their priorities, including posting regular briefing notes on the web.

As for the review, Bruce says work is ongoing and there’ve been some meetings in the past few days.

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He says while they wait for the review to be finished, the ICF is moving forward with other things like a renovation to the station building in Courtenay and plans for an excursion train out of Nanaimo’s cruise ship terminal.

Regional Districts, the province and the feds have committed around 20 million dollars to get passenger service up and running again.

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