Transport Canada announced $18.3 million in funding for four new projects under the National Trade Corridors Fund, which will help to improve the efficiency of rail networks in Regina and in southern Saskatchewan.
The Government of Canada will invest:
- $1 million to develop a preliminary design to relocate railroad crossings in Regina, Saskatchewan. The City of Regina is contributing the remaining amount for a total investment of $2.4 million.
- $13.5 million for a railway grade stabilization project, where extensive railway work will be undertaken on the Canadian Pacific Rail Interchange near Eston, Saskatchewan. Last Mountain Railway will contribute an equal amount for a total investment of $27 million.
- $1.6 million for a new pre-interchange yard on the Canadian Pacific Railway Interchange near the town of Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, which will increase operating interchange capacity, allowing increased traffic flow and improved fluidity. Great Western Railway will contribute an equal amount for a total investment of $3.2 million.
- $2.2 million to build 12,000 feet of additional track to address congestion issues at the interchange between the Stewart Southern Railway and Canadian Pacific in Lajord, Saskatchewan. Purely Canada Foods will contribute the remaining funding toward the project for a total investment of over $6.5 million.
“Our government is investing in projects that will strengthen the efficiency of supply chains from the southern Saskatchewan trade area by improving capacity to support growth in volume of goods shipped to overseas markets, and eliminating bottlenecks between road and rail transportation,” said Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport. “This will ensure Canada stays competitive in international markets and strengthen our economy for Canadians at home.”
Featured image: (Canadian Pacific Railway)