The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House resumed on:
September 21, 2017.

Bill No. 65

Railways Act

An Act to Amend Chapter 11 of the Acts of 1993, the Railways Act

Introduced by:
Honourable Geoff MacLellan
Minister of Transporation and Infrastructure Renewal

First Reading
Second Reading Debates
Second Reading Passed
Law Amendments Committee
    Meeting Date(s) November 3, 2014
    Reported to the House
Committee of the Whole House
Third Reading Debates
Third Reading
Royal Assent
Commencement October 1, 2014
2014 Statutes, Chapter 57

Explanatory Note

Clause 1

updates the title of the Minister under the Railways Act.

Clause 2

(a) requires a maximum notice of 12 months and a minimum notice of 6 months for the discontinuance of a railway service; and

(b) makes an amendment that is consequential to Clause 3.

Clause 3 makes the abandonment of a railway line subject to the approval of the Minister rather than the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.

Clause 4

(a) removes the ability of a railway company to make concurrent applications to discontinue a railway service and to abandon a railway line; and

(b) sets out conditions that must be met before an application to abandon a railway line may be made.

Clause 5

(a) sets aside an application by Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway Limited to abandon part of its railway line; and

(b) provides that the railway company has no recourse against the Nova Scotia Government as a result of the setting aside of the application.

Clause 6 provides that Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway Limited has no recourse against the Nova Scotia Government as a result of this Act.

Clause 7 gives this Act retroactive effect.