Via Rail Canada train service was to resume late yesterday after the company and the union representing more than 300 striking engineers reached an agreement to end a strike that paralyzed passenger service across the country.

The company expects full service to resume by this morning.

The agreement was reached after Via and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) met with a mediator, the company and the union said.

“Following that meeting they decided to send any outstanding issues that remain to be resolved to a process of binding arbitration,” Via spokesman Malcolm Andrews said.

“More importantly, they agreed to come back to work so that Canada’s passenger rail service could be up and running again.”

TCRC president Dan Shewchuk said in a statement the union opted for a deal because it reached the conclusion that “there was no possible agreement in the short term.”

Several hundred employees who were laid off due to the strike will also return to work immediately, said Andrews.

He said the quick conclusion to the strike was due to its significant impact on tourism and travel during one of the busiest travel periods of the year.

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