GO train to serve London
By Rob BlackstienInfrastructure
Ontario's expanded GO service will include stops in London, Stratford and St. Marys.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has announced an expansion of Go train service into Southwestern Ontario by adding weekday trips between London and Toronto.
Through GO Transit services, the new offering will also connect riders to Stratford and St. Marys.
“The people of Southwestern Ontario deserve better access to a safe and reliable transportation network,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation.
This will be the first time GO service has extended all the way to London, she added.
Metrolink will begin offering these trips on October 18, with the pilot project seeing one trip leaving from London in the early morning, and one return trip in the evening. The extended GO Transit Kitchener line will include stops in St. Marys and Stratford.
“Today’s announcement to extend GO train service to London is part of our transportation plan for Southwestern Ontario, providing another option that will benefit individuals, families and workers in the region,” said Stan Cho, Associate Minister of Transportation.
Randy Pettapiece, MPP for Perth—Wellington, said he’s been trying to make this happen for a decade.
“For years, people have expressed interest in GO train service through Perth-Wellington,” he said. “I have spoken up for our area many times on this issue since I was first elected in 2011. I want to thank local municipalities for making the case, and the provincial government for following through.”
- The trip from London to Toronto’s Union Station will take approximately four hours. Between London and Kitchener will take approximately two hours.
- The province worked alongside transit partners including VIA Rail for the use of their stations and CN for access to the corridor.
- Southwestern Ontario is experiencing incredible growth, with an estimated 1.98 million people calling the region home by 2041.
- Increasing options for passengers travelling between London and Toronto is one of over 40 actions in Connecting the Southwest: A Draft Transportation Plan for Southwestern Ontario. The Southwestern Ontario Transportation Task Force, formed in January 2021, will continue to explore opportunities to build an integrated transportation system across all modes, including rail, bus, and local transit services.