LETTER: Rail relocation is all about property values, NIMBY-ism

The Editor,

Re: "Rail relocation would ‘unlock national treasure,’" the Now letters, Sept. 25.

Letter writer Erik Seiz states that moving the rail location would be five kilometres shorter (three miles) and would give a return on investment. Spending $500 million plus to move a railway that would be five kilometers shorter does not sound like much of an investment to me!

Mr. Seiz states his concerns for the unstable bluffs. I ask where were his concerns for the unstable bluffs when the million-dollar prize homes were being built on it.

He goes on to state his concerns for two bird sanctuaries, bisecting two level crossings, access to public beaches, a boat launch and a de-facto hiking path, but he would feel OK with moving the railway near fish-bearing streams, rivers, agricultural land and possibly bisecting other roadways so that they may unlock a 12-mile national treasure.

Well, Mr. Seiz, the national treasure has been there for over a hundred years and included the railway. The railway is part of the history and atmosphere of White Rock and Crescent Beach. The railway did not move to where the people were, the people moved to where the railway is. Did these people not see the railway crossings when they drove into these areas to purchase their homes and do their due diligence?

Spending $500 million so beach-goers, hikers, tourists and rich boat owners don’t have to wait a few minutes for a train to pass to get to their boat launch/beach does not add up.

If Mr. Seiz’s true concerns are about emergency response, then a cheaper overpass/underpass would do, but if Mr.

Seiz and the rest of the Crescent Beach/White Rock home owners still feel the railway should be moved, then maybe they should all be special-assessed the costs.

In my opinion, it is all about property values and NIMBYism.

J. Edwards, Cloverdale

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19: Daily update on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock, Delta and beyond

APRIL 4: Two people in Delta fined for trying to re-sell N95 masks

Man injured in reported stabbing near Surrey SkyTrain station

Incident happened around 9 p.m. Friday night

PHOTOS: The day 28,000 Lollapalooza-goers rocked Cloverdale in 1994

Fans share memories of drugs, bad Smashing Pumpkins, Nick Cave walk-off and ‘letdown’ of Surrey date

Surrey veteran feels pinch from COVID-19 after cancelled surgery

Caught between two countries, and low income, soldier feels he’s been forgotten

Surrey parents, students navigate remote learning during COVID-19

The Surrey school district teachers are slowly rolling out plans for new way of educating

‘I love you this much’: B.C. firefighters share drone video on two-metre physical distancing

The Chilliwack Firefighters Association has been doling out helpful, visual reminders about COVID-19

Full World COVID-19 update: National Guard collect ventilators in New York; Spain, Italy improve

Comprehensive coronavirus update with news from around the world.

TransLink to reduce service on some bus routes, SeaBus, West Coast Express

Changes start April 6 ‘due to low ridership and financial pressures’ amid COVID-19

Sex workers face new risks during COVID-19 pandemic

‘Desperation has kicked in’ for vulnerable, undocumented workers unable to access help

Unclear if Cowichan couple refusing to self-isolate will face penalty

No fines or charges have been laid to date, including Cowichan couple who won’t self isolate

COVID-19: Postponed surgeries will be done, B.C. health minister says

Contract with private surgical clinic to help clear backlog

Vancouver man, 21, charged after mother found dead in Squamish home

Ryan Grantham, 21, has been charged with second-degree murder

Most Read