March 4, 2016 10:43 am

Lachine gets a new train station to help Turcot traffic woes

WATCH ABOVE: The AMT has put the wheels in motion to build a temporary Lachine train station in the hopes of easing traffic during construction on the Turcot Interchange. Global's Navneet Pall reports.

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MONTREAL – The Turcot Interchange is going through major construction, so to help ease the anticipated traffic woes for West Islanders coming into the city, the province has announced a new train station in the borough of Lachine.

The main goal of the project is to ease congestion on the interchange and it’s expected to have a positive impact on the area.

The station is going to be called Gare du Canal and is a project that is worth $10 million.

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It will be located on the Notre-Dame Street, near the Victoria intersection and across from the Rockfield power transformer in a heavily industrial area of Lachine.

“It was a site near enough from the motorway, so our prime target is to get people out of the motorway so they don’t go on the Turcot Interchange,” said AMT Project Director Alexandre Eyquem.

The train station is expected to be a temporary one to help ease anticipated traffic, but Global News has learned that the AMT has leased the site for the next 10 years.

For the borough of Lachine, the announcement of the new train station brings in a new era for the east-end.

“We are also working on a new residential area called Lachine East,” said Lachine Mayor Claude Dauphin.

“So, in the next couple of years we’re talking about 2,000 – 2,500 new units.”

The train is going to run on the Candiac line and will stop between the Montreal-Ouest and LaSalle stations.

The AMT is expecting between 250 to 400 daily commuters.

For Dauphin, it’s an opportunity that the borough can’t pass up.

“The idea is to have a permanent train station,” said Dauphin.

“So, that’s why we’re asking our citizens to use this new train station.”

The new Gare du Canal station is expected to be completed in late 2016 or early 2017.

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