New Weston Station opening in mid July

The new station taking shape on Weston Road south of Lawrence. The platform is behind the vehicles on the right.
The new Weston Station platform - viewed from the end of the old platform.

Four inquiring minds gathered to take the Weston Tunnel tour on Thursday May 17. The tour was ably led by GO Community Relations Supervisor, Kathryn Hanford. While there is no actual tunnel yet, preparations are well under way. The Weston Tunnel is being built to lower GO and VIA tracks so that the increased number of trains anticipated by 2015 will not split Weston in two at Church and King Streets. Because of grading issues, trains cannot be completely underground at John Street, so John will be split in two but will have its two sections connected by a footbridge. At the same time, storm sewers and water mains are being upgraded in conjunction with the City of Toronto.

Passengers leaving the GO Train at old Weston Station - the new tracks will be a couple of metres lower here at John Street and completely underground between King and Church in 2015.

Hanford spent some of her formative years in Weston and has worked on similar projects in the U.S., South Africa and most recently the Diamond Grade Separation Project near the stockyards. She says she is proud of the way in which the community has been consulted in shaping the changes needed for the Air Rail Link. She also mentioned a couple of other points; Weston GO Station will move to its new location on Weston Road just south of Lawrence in mid-july. The station itself will be housed in a temporary portable structure until the ARL opens in 2015. She also said that developers have been snapping up real estate in anticipation of higher property values once the ARL is in place and also when GO becomes an all-day service (although GO seems to be quickly backing away from this promise).

A VIA train moves north-west along the future Weston Tunnel (at King Street). The metal structures are forms for a large patterned concrete retaining wall.

8 thoughts on “New Weston Station opening in mid July”

  1. Did she say which properties are being bought up in anticipation of higher property values?

  2. She mentioned the building near the GO station parking lot (touted as a possible campus for George Brown College) which changed hands about a year ago.
    Site formerly under consideration by George Brown College.

  3. The PR of Metrolinx on this is pretty unbelievable. Now I need extra 10 min walk home from the new station, it would better that then put the Maple Leaf bus back on South Station St. like they did before.

  4. Moving the station will have little to no impact on the community. Basically its a ploy to ultimately close and move the station to connect to the LRT Eglinton line. People of Weston WAKE UP!

  5. I can only imagine what kind of traffic is going to happen on Weston, Lawrence now that they have the much bigger parking lot on that former dealership. It’s already bad during day. I heard once on the train that some people come from Woodbridge down to Weston GO to take the train. They just shoot up Weston RD to 400. Who knows else does this too. TTC and Metrolinx need to get their act together. Offer discounts for riding GO and TTC, and like I said before put Maple Leaf back on South Station. They got lots of potential customers. Oh I forgot Metrolinx and TTC don’t talk to each other like the other article mention! Transit in GTA is totally screwed.

  6. Maybe the city then will do something about the intersection of Weston and Lawrence.

  7. As usual brain washing propaganda from Metrolies. I like the idea of the South Station bus, express to the subway!

  8. I don’t know why GO Transit is planned to be so car dependent for its ridership, as I see in that large parking lot. It seems contrary to their spirit of providing alternatives to the car. That’s a big and ugly looking parking lot that doesn’t do anything for real estate development. It simply means more congestion on the streets, more chemical-laden stormwater runoff into city drains (going to the Humber River?) and a greater urban heat island effect. Also, is that platform still a work in progress? There should be an end-to-end shelter like the new stations in Brampton.

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