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Council delays demolition of the former Newcastle fire hall to explore GO Transit rerouting options

Clarington June 17, 2015/- Clarington Council voted to delay the demolition of the former Newcastle Village fire hall and allow GO Transit to continue using the existing property as a temporary turnaround for its bus service. Council also directed Municipal staff to explore various options for GO Transit rerouting in Newcastle Village. Staff will work closely with GO Transit and Durham Region Transit on ways to enhance transportation options for Newcastle residents.

In January, Council decided to proceed with the remediation, demolition of the former fire hall and sale of the land. But the property is currently being used by GO Transit as a turnaround for its double-decker buses. The Municipality held a public consultation meeting with Newcastle residents presenting several options for GO Transit rerouting. This included two options that would take the bus into residential areas and one option that would limit GO service in Newcastle to the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Carpool lot at Highway 35/115. Newcastle residents expressed concern with all of those options, requesting more consultation.

"We need to come up with a viable solution to GO Transit rerouting and explore all of our options," said Tony Cannella, Director of Engineering. "Residents have made it clear to us that they depend on this service to get to work, school and other appointments. It is our duty to bring all three players to the table and explore all of our options to meet the needs of our residents and support a sustainable community," added Cannella.

Over the next few weeks, Municipal staff will enter discussions with GO Transit and Durham Region Transit to explore opportunities to maintain or enhance public transportation to Newcastle Village. Staff will report back to Council in the fall with more options and opportunities for GO Transit rerouting.


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