What is Proximity?

Issues Definitions

4. Adjoining / Connecting Infrastructure

Infrastructure in the context of this category of issues refers to any public or privately owned structures such as buildings, roads, bridges, utility pipelines and electric wires and cabling. The placement of this type of infrastructure is important as it often meets and interacts with, rail infrastructure (railway track, buildings, bridges, crossings), thereby causing safety concerns and impacting on rail operations. Those responsible for the (non-railway) construction and maintenance of roads and sewers, and installation of wires and pipelines work together with the railways (dual construction and maintenance) to develop agreements on their respective responsibilities for construction, maintenance and safety. Both parties must comply with strict safety standards and regulations.

4.1 Non-Railway Construction and Maintenance

Non-railway private or public construction and maintenance of infrastructure (by municipality/province) such as buildings, bridges, highways, port facilities, municipal roads, new housing, and commercial developments can all have an impact on nearby rail operations. MORE >

4.2 Wire Crossings

Overhead and underground wires (including hydro cables) are often placed along or across rail rights-of-way. MORE >

4.3 Pipeline Crossings

Underground pipelines are often built across/beneath the rail right-of-way. MORE >