New Brunswick

CN fining Sussex train tracks trespassers

An effort to stop people from crossing railroad tracks in Sussex, N.B., is meeting local opposition.

An effort to stop people from crossing railroad tracks in Sussex, N.B., is meeting local opposition.

CN Rail has recently stepped up enforcement against people crossing the tracks at non-designated places. It has recently issued 11 fines of $124 and 80 warnings.

But locals and members of the town council questioned the tactic.

Resident Jerry Howe said it was not fair.

"It's not like we're going to be running on the tracks. We're just crossing to get somewhere," he said Thursday.

A teenager from the area was killed at the tracks two years ago after getting too close to a passing train.

CN said it's trying to prevent those kinds of deaths by taking action against trespassers.

Gary Fulton, a councillor in the area, said he supports the rail line's intentions, but doesn't agree with how it is being done.

"I'm personally quite dismayed," he said. "It would have been logical for the railway to come to town, inform council so we could use a PR exercise to get the word out to people."

He also said as most offenders mean no harm, fines may not be the best strategy.  

A spokesperson for CN said its staff were also in schools to raise awareness about railroad safety.