Guelph Junction Railway weed control

Weed control along Guelph Junction Railway tracks May 30-31, 2018

DBI Services will conduct weed control along Guelph Junction Railway tracks between Woodlawn Road and Victoria Road, excluding a section of tracks from Norwich Street East to just past Macdonell Street.

Weed control will take place overnight May 30-31, 2018 starting at midnight (rain date is May 31–June 1).

Trail impacts

As an added safety precaution, the Downtown Trail will be closed between Speedvale Avenue and Marcon Street for about 12 hours after the weed control is applied.

How we control weeds

Corn starch–based control is used in all areas within 60 metres of waterways. A distilled mixture of Torpedo, Overdrive and Round-up is used in all other areas. These substances have been evaluated by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency to be safe and are approved for use in parking areas, school yards, parks, golf courses and other public areas.

400 KBMOECC-required notice regarding weed control, May 2018

Why we control weeds

Weeds and other plants that grow along railway tracks can:

  • cause fires
  • create poor drainage that leads to track damage or signal failures at road crossings
  • lead to longer train stopping distances and/or poor site lines at trail crossings and roadways

Plant removal keeps railway tracks safe and clear for inspections, repairs and maintenance to Transport Canada standards.


For more information

Les Petroczi, General Manager
Guelph Junction Railway