Survey says train whistling can continue

Of the 51 completed surveys received, 26 were in favour of allowing the train whistling to continue

Trains will continue to sound their whistles at the Birch Island railway crossing after a survey of area residents about having the practice stopped failed to get a majority.

Trains will continue to sound their whistles at the Birch Island railway crossing after a survey of area residents about having the practice stopped failed to get a majority.

Thompson-Nicola Regional District has tallied the results of a survey of Birch Island residents to gauge appetite to have train-whistle blowing discontinued.

The majority of respondents said they wanted train whistling to continue.

Of the 51 completed surveys received, 25 said they wanted whistle blowing to stop, while 26 were in favour of allowing the train whistling to continue.

The survey, which was mailed out May 31, asked the respondents to check one of two boxes, one of which said, “Stop train whistling at Birch Island Mile 60.2,” and the other, “Continue train whistling at Birch Island Mile 60.2.”

The deadline to receive surveys was Thursday, July 14, at noon. Surveys 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 will not move forward.