BIRCH ISLAND — Birch Island residents have narrowly decided they want train whistling to continue, but opinion was almost equally divided in a survey taken by the TNRD.
Of 51 completed surveys, 25 said they wanted whistle blowing to stop while 26 were in favour of having it continue.
The survey, which was mailed out to residents May 31, asked residents to check one of two boxes: “Stop train whistling at Birch Island Mile 60.2” or “Continue train whistling at Birch Island Mile 60.2.”
The deadline for receipt of surveys was July 14 at noon. They were mailed to residents within a 2,200-metre radius of the Birch Island Mile 60.2 controlled rail crossing.
Based on the result, the process to have train-whistle blowing stopped at the crossing won’t move forward.
Meanwhile, work continues on train whistle cessation at the McLure train crossing, where residents petitioned the TNRD to have whistling stopped 10 years ago.
The process is in its final stages but requires a couple of more steps.