Traffic lines up on Langley Bypass to await the passing of a container train.

Traffic lines up on Langley Bypass to await the passing of a container train.

Long crossing line-ups aren’t carbon neutral

As far as the eye could see in either direction, there were cars parked and idling. It’s carbon neutral, they say.

Editor: What is the provincial government thinking? Actually, it is not thinking.

It was a beautiful sunny afternoon, Thursday, Aug. 11 at 4:18 p.m.

Of course the usual passing of a long, long, container train across Highway 10 (Langley Bypass) allowed plenty of time for a person to get out and stretch in the empty oncoming lane, and take a photo of the Langley Bypass parking lot.

If the government was smart, it could install parking meters and pay for an overpass, right where the problem actually is, in a very short time.

As far as the eye could see in either direction, there were cars parked and idling. It’s carbon neutral, they say.

Thank goodness, there were no buses or TransLink money parked here. Now it is a great diversion of attention to focus on building Mufford overpass, but there is no problem there.

No pre-emptive multi-million dollar IRSS advance warning system will take all this traffic past Costco, through a dozen traffic lights. Yes, we will have a modified Mufford overpass because we are told we cannot afford a Langley Bypass overpass, and the City is not about to co-operate.

When we get more than double the current number of trains, many of which will be double the length, and an increase of more than 40 per cent in the number of vehicles, we will have reached critical mass.

The congested traffic will never clear. In the meantime, the City will have allowed the sell-off of very critical approach lands, and that will ensure that an overpass of the railway tracks at Langley Bypass can never be built.

The time for citizens to rise up is right now. We must turf the latest Mufford fiasco and demand a few peanuts be thrown our way.

Dean Holcombe,

Langley