Canadian Pacific to 'significantly speed up' removal of derailed train

Local residents had been told to expect disturbances and disruption until the summer.
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After residents were initially told the removal of the train that derailed in Plymouth last Sunday could take until summer, Canadian Pacific has said it will "significantly speed up" the operation.

That's according to the City of Plymouth, which on Friday provided an update to the derailment that saw 22 tanker cars leave the rails at Northwest Boulevard near Schmidt Lake Road.

CP began removing derailed cars from the site by rail at "low speeds" Thursday evening after receiving approval from the Federal Railroad Administration.

The original plan would have seen CP construct a temporary road from Pineview Lane running north of the tracks and remove the cars via the road in order to keep the rail line functional, which prompted the warning earlier this week that this would delay the cleanup of the site until the summer.

But now the company has been given the go-ahead to remove the cars by rail, it will take less time to complete and will result in less disruption for local residents and traffic.

By Friday morning, the company had removed five derailed cars from the site.

Pineview Lane remains closed to the traffic, but is now expected to reopen "in the coming weeks," with vehicles allowed to cross the track.

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"Removal of derailed train cars is expected to continue around the clock through the middle of next week, followed by ongoing restoration of the site," the city said.

It will mean disruptions for residents in the near future, as the 24/7 working schedule will mean "frequent train horns and equipment noise."

At this time, there has been no confirmed timeline for when the total work will be completed as restoration of the crash site depends on ground and weather conditions, but most of the work will "primarily during daylight hours."

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