Federal minister told of traffic congestion at N.S. Marine Atlantic terminal

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SYDNEY, N.S. - Traffic congestion at the Marine Atlantic terminal in North Sydney, N.S., became an issue during the federal industry minister's meeting with local business people Wednesday.
Tony Clement spoke on a broad range of issues, but problems at the ferry terminal came up when the president of the longshoremen's association approached the minister.
"The people are getting frustrated," said Peter Gillis, president of Local 1259 of the Atlantic Coast District International Longshoremen's Association.
"It is to the point where customers are coming there and not even allowed on the property because there is not room to put two, three boatloads of traffic at the same time on the lot."
In recent weeks, access to Highway 105 entering North Sydney has been restricted due to traffic waiting to enter Marine Atlantic's local terminal.
When Gillis asked him about solutions for the terminal, Clement said the government is listening all the time.
"Certainly, part of my trip here is to hear from Cape Bretoners, from people in the Sydney area, of what their challenges are and how the federal government can be helpful."
Gillis said terminal upgrades could help Cape Breton take advantage of a booming Newfoundland and Labrador economy.

Organizations: N.S. Marine Atlantic terminal, Marine Atlantic, Atlantic Coast District International Longshoremen's Association

Geographic location: SYDNEY, North Sydney, Cape Breton Newfoundland and Labrador

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