New ‘pocket track’ in Aldershot expands Hamilton GO service at West Harbour

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Published June 28, 2022 at 8:08 am

New 'pocket track' in Aldershot expands Hamilton GO service at West Harbour
The completion of a 200-metre "pocket track" at the Aldershot GO Stations means Hamilton's West Harbour location will see expanded service, says Metrolinx. (Tyson Moore photo)

The completion of a 200-metre “pocket track” at the Aldershot GO Stations means Hamilton’s West Harbour location will see expanded service.

Prior to the new track being installed, trains on the southernmost track at Aldershot couldn’t go any further because there was no connection to the main Lakeshore West line. Now, trains using the south track can go westbound into Hamilton.


Metrolinx says the track has been tested and is now ready for use.

The company says it is also building towards enhanced track capacity to bring service to the future Confederation GO Station.

New 'pocket track' in Aldershot expands Hamilton GO service at West Harbour

(Tyson Moore photo)

“Over the next few years, there are plans to tie in the two stub-ended tracks currently at West Harbour GO, connecting the tracks to the main Lakeshore West Line on the east side of the station,” writes Rosie Hales-Wilson, senior communications advisor at Metrolinx. “This would eliminate the need to reverse GO Trains past the station to line up again with the main line, which adds 20 minutes to trips when travelling to and from Niagara and will facilitate service to Confederation GO and beyond.”

Metrolinx is also behind Hamilton’s light rail transit (LRT) project and anticipates a 41 per cent increase in the city’s population over the next 20 years.

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