Ontario seeks high-speed rail link

The Canadian province of Ontario has committed to building a case for a new high-speed rail line between London and Toronto.

Ontario’s $29 billion long-term transport master plan includes financing for finalising the business case and beginning an environmental assessment of the line, which would link┬áLondon, Kitchener, Waterloo and Toronto, by autumn 2014.

The business case will identify a preferred route for the line and consider the signalling technology and rolling stock that could make up the new system.

Pearson International Airport would be one of the beneficiaries of the new high-speed link, Ontario’s government has said.

Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure, said: “High-speed rail would help move people safely and efficiently between Toronto and London.

“This government will provide Ontario families with more travel options and create a more integrated transportation network across the province that will help boost the economy.”