CN, BC North Expansion

July 5, 2012 — CN announced today that it plans to construct five extended sidings on its B.C. North Line in 2012 as part of a multi-year capital program to expand freight train capacity to handle growing freight volumes along its important BC North Route.

About This Project

In 2011, more than half a million carloads/intermodal units moved over CN's B.C. North corridor. By 2015, CN traffic on this line could nearly double.

CN has extended or constructed 21 sidings to handle 12,000-foot trains between Edmonton and Prince Rupert since 2004. This is in addition to new signaling and train control, several tunnel and bridge clearances, yard expansions at Smithers and Terrace, B.C., and the installation of a longer siding at Swan Landing, Alta.

CN's investments in capacity expansion along the Edmonton-Prince Rupert corridor will total more than C$150 million by the end of2012, with further extended sidings expected to be built in future years.

CN's investment in rail infrastructure in northern B.C. and western Alberta are helping accommodate growing import-export traffic moving between the Port of Prince Rupert, the B.C. interior and major centres across CN's network in Canada and the United States. This investment also facilitate rising export coal volumes from existing and new mines in the region to Ridley Terminals at Prince Rupert, whose handling capacity is expected to double by the end of 2014 to 24 million tonnes.

The longer sidings will increase the fluidity, efficiency and reliability of operations on the BC North freight corridor and increases the capacity to handle growing volumes of containers, coal and other commodities to and from the Port of Prince Rupert.


Project Status

Estimate Investment
$ 155 Million

Estimated Project Start Date
July 2012

Estimated Completion Date
December 2012

Project Partners

CN Rail


Economic Development Contact

Paul Vendittelli
Economic Development Officer
City of Prince Rupert

Proponent Contact

Mark Hallman
Communications and Public Affairs
Canadian National

Tel: 905-669-3384

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