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Lack of notice raises residents’ ire on GO line

Residents in Toronto’s West Diamond area, already shaken and stirredfrom their homes by pile driving on the Georgetown rail corridor, werefurious when they heard construction was going to continue over theweekend in their neighbourhood.

Residents in Toronto’s West Diamond area, already shaken and stirred from their homes by pile driving on the Georgetown rail corridor, were furious when they heard construction was going to continue over the weekend in their neighbourhood.

But the dull hum of machinery and trucks yesterday was nothing like the constant hammer-ing residents endure during the week, they said.

“To be honest, it’s not been that bad this weekend,” said Darryl Sherwin, whose Hook Avenue home backs on to the tracks. “It’s more of an issue of notice. We were given two days notice and people need more time than that to make plans.”

GO, which owns the rail line, has contracted CN to build a track diversion so when grade separations for the existing tracks are built there will be somewhere else for the trains to run.

Work on that aspect of the project began this past weekend.

It is “likely” that more work will be done on weekends and evenings in the future, said GO spokesperson Vanessa Thomas.

But weather, manpower and scheduling work around commuter and freight service makes it difficult to predict months in advance when isolated night or weekend work will take place, she said.

 
 
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