Weekend track closure planned for Stouffville GO Line as station upgrades progress at Unionville GO Station

This weekend, crews will be putting the final pieces of new track into place at Unionville GO. This work can only be done when trains aren’t running and will require a major track closure on the Stouffville GO Line Oct. 22-24, 2021. Get the latest on the work and how it will impact train service.

Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the new east platform at Unionville GO Station. 

But before the platform is ready for customers, crews need to install the last part of the east track. To get the job done safely and efficiently, a major track closure will be required Oct. 22-24.

The job will require continuous construction work for approximately 55 hours from 9:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, until 4:00 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 24.

Noise from construction equipment and vehicles can be expected as crews work to get it all done before GO train service starts Monday morning. 

The contractor will also commission and put into service the new signals bungalow and remove the temporary wooden platform currently in use. Once the weekend work is done, the east platform will be ready for customers.

The temporary timber platform (on the left) will be removed.
The temporary timber platform (on the left) will be removed. (Metrolinx photo)

The work at Unionville GO Station supports GO Expansion for future service increases, which means more frequent, two-way, all-day service on core segments of the GO Transit rail network.  Including much of the Stouffville GO Line.

A look at the Stouffville Line tracks facing south from the platform at Unionville GO
A look at the Stouffville Line tracks facing south from the platform at Unionville GO. (Metrolinx photo)

Customers visiting the station recently can see the transformation at Unionville GO is well underway.

Work is progressing at the expanded parking areas, the new canopies, and integrated shelters. While a lot of progress has been made, there are no signs of slowing down. Station improvements should be done by the end of 2021.

Line painting is complete at the new east parking lot.
Line painting is complete at the new east parking lot. (Metrolinx photo)

A quick look at project benefits at Unionville GO

The track closure may require some extra planning for your weekend travels, but the construction will be worth it in the end. By the end of 2021, customers will have access to: 

  • A new island platform and a relocated east platform with new snow-melting systems
  • A second track, a new turnaround track, so that trains can travel in both directions on this portion of the Stouffville line
  • 300 new parking spaces
  • More bicycle storage
  • New pedestrian tunnels and elevators for improved accessibility
  • Canopies and integrated shelters on the platforms to protect customers from the elements
  • Designated pedestrian paths through the parking lot
  • Easier access from the parking lot to the platforms by replacing stairs with ramps
  • Improved signage, lighting, and landscaping.
Bioswales have been constructed at the east parking lot. Bioswales are channels designed to concentrate and convey stormwater runoff while removing debris and pollution.
Bioswales have been constructed at the east parking lot. Bioswales are channels designed to concentrate and convey stormwater runoff while removing debris and pollution. (Metrolinx photo)

Service changes

Beginning the evening of Friday, Oct. 22, until the end of service on Sunday, Oct. 24, there will be no train service on the Stouffville Line to accommodate important work on the tracks and at GO stations along the corridor including Unionville GO work.

GO buses will replace trains between Union Station and Mount Joy or Old Elm GO but will depart at different times than regular weekend trains. GO buses will not service Milliken GO, Agincourt GO, and Kennedy GO during this construction.

Customers can check schedules or use triplinx.ca to plan trips. Visit gotransit.com to plan trips or to see the full schedules here.

Future transit expansion

As part of the GO Expansion program, future service on the Stouffville line includes two-way, all-day service between Mount Joy and Union Station, and 15-minute service or better between Unionville GO Station and Union Station.

Expansion on the Stouffville line includes connecting customers to the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line (LRT) at Kennedy Station. The LRT route is nearing completion and will operate as TTC’s Line 5 Eglinton. Kennedy Station will grow into a transit hub, offering more travel options with a future connection to the Scarborough Subway Extension, bringing riders north of Highway 401 and Sheppard.

These additional services, and GO Expansion as a whole, are critical in transforming the GO rail network into a comprehensive, all day rapid transit network.

For the latest information on what’s happening in your area, register for regular newsletters at Metrolinx.com/Unionville and follow projects on Twitter. Questions can also be sent to the community relations team at YorkRegion@Metrolinx.com.

Story by Teresa Ko, Metrolinx communications senior advisor