Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Nova Scotia Tories say Cape Breton railway a vital link for region

Nova Scotia's Opposition Progressive Conservatives say a railway in Cape Breton is vital to the region's economy and needs to be saved.

The Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway says it intends to abandon freight service between St. Peters Junction and Sydney because it's losing money.

The company says it will apply to the Utility and Review Board to stop using the Cape Breton portion of the line once a subsidy agreement with the province runs out Sept. 30.

Story continues below advertisement

President Mario Brault says the $2-million subsidy is no longer enough to make up for the continued decline in traffic.

The Tories say the railway is a lifeline to businesses in Cape Breton that rely on the line to ship their products.

The governing Liberals say they're willing to maintain the current subsidy but can't afford to offer more money.

Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan says discussions will take place with businesses and municipal officials about the next steps, including finding another operator.

Report an error
Comments

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at privacy@globeandmail.com.