|February 02, 2001|
VIA Unveils Design Of New London, Ontario Station
|VIA Rail Canada today unveiled design plans for its new train station in London, Ontario. The new station, to be located on York Street, is expected to be operational by this summer, in time for the Canada Summer Games.|
"I am delighted with the new drawings," said London Mayor Anne DeCicco. "VIA understood London's concerns and worked to ensure that the new design for the train station suited both VIA's business objectives and London's unique history and culture. The new station will be another important step in our ongoing revitalization of Downtown London."
The City and VIA pledged mutual cooperation at a news conference in December to ensure that the design of the new station would reflect London's history and meet its needs for future growth. Mykola Wasylko from Scorgie Wasylko Architects Inc. was instrumental in ensuring these combined needs were reflected in the new station design. "Working together for common goals is truly rewarding," said Paul Raynor, VIA's Director of Public Affairs. "We feel good about the results of the process. London is heading into exciting times, economically and culturally," Raynor added. "It's important to us that the new VIA station, in the heart of this dynamic city, contribute both aesthetically and functionally to the energetic times ahead. We think the people of London will like what they see."
Last year, over 363,000 passengers travelled through London station, the railways fourth busiest terminal. The $6.4 million investment in the new station and upgrades to London area infrastructure is second only to the $10 million investment dedicated to Toronto's Union Station, as part of VIA's national revitalization program.
"London is on the move," said Joe Fontana, Member of Parliament for London North Centre." "Its economy is growing and the city is transforming itself to meet the exciting opportunities ahead. VIA Rail's capital investment in London's future is further evidence that London is the best place in Southwestern Ontario to live, to grow and to conduct business."
The old VIA station, located in the CN Tower building on York Street, will be imploded by demolition experts, Greenspoon Bros. at 9:15 a.m., on February 4. Ellis-Don will begin construction of the new station several weeks later, once debris from the implosion has been cleared.