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Borehole Drilling on Lakeshore East Line Critical for Future Rail Service in Durham


DURHAM: The Minister of Transportation, Caroline Mulroney, Durham Member of Provincial Parliament, Lindsey Park, and other Durham Region MPPs announced, on Tuesday, June 22nd, the Ontario government had begun borehole drilling on the Lakeshore East rail line, to collect information needed to prepare for future rail service in Durham, as part of the Bowmanville Extension Project.

“This work for the project is particularly exciting for the people of Bowmanville and surrounding areas which have been waiting for decades for the GO Train Extension to Bowmanville,” said Lindsey Park, Member of Provincial Parliament for Durham. “This soil testing will get us one step closer to delivering this much-needed transit project.”

The drilling of boreholes and testing of soil conditions, between the Oshawa GO Station and Bowmanville Avenue in Bowmanville, is an essential step to collect information to advance the future project. This would bring better connectivity to Durham Region and the surrounding areas and provide GO Train service beyond Oshawa for the first time.

“Our government is committed to delivering more rail service across Ontario,” explained Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “This extension would reach more people in Durham Region and make it easier for everyone to use public transit as a convenient and reliable way to travel.”

“The Bowmanville Rail Service Extension can help: to deliver economic revitalization of Durham Region downtown areas; transform and connect communities; increase transit ridership; stimulate job creation and mixed-use development around the stations; and drive an increase in land value surrounding the rail corridor,” stated Lorne Coe, MPP for Whitby Peter Bethlenfalvy, MPP for Pickering-Uxbridge, shared, “This is another critical next step, to advance our planning, to bring more rail service for people living in Pickering-Uxbridge and across Durham Region.”

Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, added, “Today’s announcement is an important step in collecting information, to support planning for the project, to connect more communities to public transit. The Bowmanville Extension would benefit people in Durham Region and the surrounding areas, by supporting growth and providing more economic opportunities to residents.”

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