West Harbour GO Station
Progress on the construction of the station
|Location||353 James Street North
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Connections||Hamilton Street Railway|
|Parking||300 in multi-storey car park|
|Opened||9 July 2015|
West Harbour GO Station (formerly James Street North GO Station) is a railway station in downtown Hamilton, Ontario on the Canadian National Railway line through the north end of the city. The station is on GO Transit's Lakeshore West line, and service began on July 9, 2015. The station is expected to be a stop on the A-Line, part of a light rail transit system being planned by Metrolinx. Via Rail service may eventually be provided.
The line is to be double tracked and the new station will be constructed west of James Street North with the platform running under the Bay Street and McNab Street bridges. Construction is estimated to cost $3 million and phase one will be completed by June 2015, in time for the 2015 Pan American Games. Construction of phase two is proposed to begin in August 2015 after the games are over. Details were revealed 31 May 2013 by Ontario's Minister of Transportation.
Metrolinx announced on 28 February 2014 that Kenaidan Contracting of Mississauga had been awarded a $44-million contract to build the station. Work has already begun in clearing the site and the existing railway bed will be lowered so that double-decker trains can pass under bridges and a terraced retaining wall will be built along the steeply sloping south side of the site. Construction of the new station and multi-storey car park structure was expected to start in April 2014.
The property is a National Historic Site and has been designated under the Federal Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act and under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act by City of Hamilton By-law 95-115. Portions of the building were protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust in 1999.
In 1967, GO Transit took over CN’s commuter service between Toronto and Hamilton, and in 1978 all other CN passenger service was transferred to Via Rail.
In 1992 Via Rail closed its Burlington (formerly the GTR/CNR Freeman/Burlington Junction Station, built around 1910 and located near Brant Street), Hamilton and Dundas stations and consolidated service at the new Aldershot GO Station.
The Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) bought and renovated the station, and in 2000 the station was reopened as LIUNA Station, an events centre with catering facilities for weddings, dances, and other special events.
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- West Harbour (James St. N.) - New Hamilton GO Station
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Media related to West Harbour GO Station at Wikimedia Commons
- GO Transit station page for West Harbour GO Station
- West Harbour (James St. N.) GO Station Presentation, Stakeholder Meeting, Tuesday, April 30, 2013
- Former plan of James Street North GO Station