Anyone who was thinking of taking a quick trip to the 6ix on the Lakeshore East Line next weekend may want to brace themselves. According to Metrolinx, Go Train will be shutting down the entire corridor, which represents most of its rail traffic, on the weekend of October 26 to 27, to finish work on “important infrastructure upgrades.”

The expansive undertaking is set to stretch across 50 kilometres. According to the government agency’s website, the rare shutdown will give crews the time and space needed to complete their mission. They will reportedly be adding upgrades that will add two decades onto the lifespan of a major bridge.

Unfortunately, the upgrade means that there will be no regular weekend GO train service. Metrolinx reported that a few other rail companies will still be moving, including CN freight trains. GO buses will be the only way for commuters to get to and from downtown if they are travelling from the east.

“The work delivery involves well over 150 people on the corridor at any given time with dozens of heavy equipment and material spread across the 48.3 km of the Lakeshore East Corridor,” explained Alan Britton, director of rail corridor maintenance at Metrolinx in a news release.

“Planning for this type of major work has been ongoing for a couple of months now. The work delivery involves well over 150 people on the corridor at any given time with dozens of heavy equipment and material spread across the 48.3 km of the Lakeshore East Corridor,” the statement continued.

Earlier this month, a CUPE strike threatened widespread cancellations on GO train lines. Thankfully, an agreement was made before those shutdowns could happen.

Here’s a little outline of what you’ll need to do if you’re travelling east this weekend.

If you are planning to head downtown this weekend, and are coming up from the Durham Region stations, as in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax or Pickering, you will have to take the Route 90B GO buses which will be running between these stations and the Union Station Bus Terminal.

If you’re commuting via Lakeshore West, you won’t be impacted. However, if you plan on heading east past Union Station to any of the Durham Region stations, then you will have to take the Route 90B bus from the Union Station Bus Terminal.


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