Province breaks ground on Stoney Creek GO station, but still has no deal with CN

via CBC

Metrolinx and local MPPs say they can hammer out a deal with CN Rail in time to open Stoney Creek's Confederation GO station in 2019 — despite the fact that the process has already dragged on for years.

CN controls much of the rails heading into Hamilton, and the rail corridor from downtown Hamilton to the new Stoney Creek station. Local MPP Ted McMeekin did a ceremonial groundbreaking at 397 Centennial Pkwy. N. on Thursday, along with St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley and Fred Eisenberger, the mayor of Hamilton. The project is already in phase two of construction.

McMeekin said the province's GO plans for Hamilton and Niagara still hinge on CN, but they're making progress.

"(Negotiations) may have been going badly, but I understand they're going well now," said McMeekin, a Liberal MPP who represents Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale.

For its part, CN says the two sides are trying to hammer out a revised agreement for a new track running from the West Harbour to Confederation GO stations. 

"We continue to work with Metrolinx to revise the Hamilton area expansion agreement to complete construction of the infrastructure needed to establish the Confederation station service," spokesperson Jonathan Abecassis said in an email.