The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s assessment of the entire Island Rail (formerly E&N) Corridor on Vancouver Island has been released.

This up-to-date, in-depth track and bridge assessment will be used by government to inform future decisions on investments in the corridor, which is owned by the Island Corridor Foundation.

This was a thorough assessment conducted by railway industry experts to ensure a complete and accurate picture of the railway infrastructure, from ties and track to grade crossings and bridges.

The entire length of the Island Rail Corridor was assessed: Victoria to Courtenay (Victoria subdivision), Parksville to Port Alberni (Port Alberni subdivision), and Wellcox Spur and Wellcox Yard (near Nanaimo).

The final report includes estimated costs to upgrade infrastructure to restore rail freight operations and passenger service on Vancouver Island. It also includes cost estimates to upgrade the rail line to meet the standards needed to implement a commuter service with frequent train service between Victoria and Langford (Westhills), as well as inter-city service between Victoria and Courtenay.

The ministry is currently developing the South Island Transportation Strategy, focusing on the efficient movement of people and goods. The strategy will look at all modes of transportation across southern Vancouver Island, including rail. The strategy is expected to be released in June.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure engaged WSP Canada Group Ltd. to conduct the detailed evaluation of the Island Rail Corridor on Vancouver Island. The Island Rail Corridor Condition Assessment is available online at:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/transportation-reports-and-reference/reports-studies/vancouver-island/island-rail

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