Changes to Lakeshore West weekend GO Train service coming this month

Coming up later this month, (Nov 27-29), some Lakeshore West customers will need to change the way they commute. Because of important construction work taking place east of Long Branch GO station, the GO Train will not be able to stop at all stations, and will be replaced by GO Bus service.

Some people work for the weekend, others work on the weekend.

That’s the case for construction crews carrying out important track work on the Lakeshore West GO corridor this coming weekend (Nov 27-29).

Starting at 7pm on Friday November 27, there will be no GO Train service between Long Branch GO and Union Station. Instead, GO Buses will be running between Port Credit GO Station and the Union Station Bus Terminal.

That means if you normally take the GO Train from Long Branch GO, Mimico GO, or Exhibition GO – you will either need to get to Port Credit GO to catch a GO bus or use the TTC to complete your journey.

Work crews are replacing track and signal infrastructure on the Lakeshore West line over the next several months
Work crews are replacing track and signal infrastructure on the Lakeshore West line over the next several months. (Metrolinx photo)

These changes will also affect departure times, and GO Transit recommends customers check their schedule ahead of time. Regular Lakeshore West GO Train service will resume in time for Monday morning.  

You can get more specific trip information on the GO Transit webpage.

The weekend service changes are required to continue upgrade work on a vital section of track between Long Branch GO and Mimico GO.  A major part of the track and signalling system in the area is being replaced over the course of several months.

The new switch plant with concrete rail ties sits in the nearby rail yard waiting to be installed.
A new switch plant with concrete rail ties sits in a nearby rail yard waiting to be installed. While this is not an active section of track, all safety precautions were followed when taking this photo. (Metrolinx photo)

Just this past weekend, construction crews made some important progress on the project. The old Canpa signal tower was safely demolished and crews replaced more than 225 metres of track.

When the Canpa switch plant project is completely finished, customers will see improved overall train speeds, service life and reliability of the Lakeshore West GO corridor.

A big machine works on demolishing a small brick signal
A century-old signal tower was recently demolished to make room for modern signal infrastructure that will help improve overall Lakeshore West GO Train service. (Metrolinx photo)

If you want to read more about the inner workings of this project, click here.

Follow the Lakeshore West GO Twitter account and check Metrolinx News for the latest information on this and other important infrastructure projects.

Story by Scott Money, Metrolinx media relations senior advisor