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COMPETITION WATCH: CP’s Western Canadian expansion on-track

CALGARY, Alta. -- Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway says its aggressive Western Corridor expansion project is on-track ...


CALGARY, Alta. — Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway says its aggressive Western Corridor expansion project is on-track with 70 per cent of the work completed and more than half the individual projects now completed.

The expansion projects (costing $160 million) were announced in April and began at terminals in Moose Jaw, Sask. and the Port of Vancouver. The goal is to increase capacity to accommodate an additional four trains a day between the Prairies and the Port of Vancouver. That represents a 12 per cent increase in capacity, CP officials say.

The work involves building and extending sidings, laying sections of double track and improving signal systems. All projects are expected to be completed by the end of the company’s fourth quarter.

The work completed so far has required more than 3,000 tonnes of steel rail and more than 80,000 tonnes of rock ballast. CP says the improvements will help it increase capacity to move more bulk commodities and resources to the Port of Vancouver to keep pace with increased demand from Asian markets.

The latest enhancements are in addition to a concurrent capital infrastructure investment of $760 million, the company reports.


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