Fewer train whistles will be heard in Strathcona County
On July 3, council passed a resolution to stop routine train whistling at two crossings near Ardrossan.
CN Rail will be implementing this change south of Highway 16 at Range Road 223 and north of Highway 630 at Range Road 220.
"Ten years ago there were probably 20-25 trains on the track and at this time there's close to 35 per day running on the track. So there's just more trains and that means more whistles," said Ryan Anders, manager of planning, engineering and safety for Strathcona County.
The county started examining train whistle noise in 2013 after hearing a number of resident concerns about increased rail traffic.
Because the sounding of train whistles is mandated by Transport Canada, municipalities must undergo a detailed train whistle cessation process to silence the whistling. In 2016, the County successfully halted train whistles at Highway 824 and Range Road 222 in Ardrossan.
In the near future, the county will be looking into stopping whistling at the railway crossing north of Highway 16 at Range Road 231 and from Range Road 225 to 205 near North Cooking Lake.
Even with a whistle cessation agreement in place, rail companies do have the overriding authority to sound the train whistle at the conductor's discretion.