Grits halt Horseshoe Bay terminal expansion

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WEST VANCOUVER, B.C. — The newly elected B.C. Liberals wasted no time in coming through with one election promise, as work on B.C. Ferries’ Horseshoe Bay expansion project ground to a halt.

West Vancouver-Garibaldi MLA Ted Nebbeling asked premier-elect Gordon Campbell to order the project be halted last week.

"I met with the premier-elect to discuss our commitment to halt the project, and had some discussion with Gordon about the concerns of the citizens. His staff talked to B.C. Ferries and asked for a moratorium until we are the official government," Nebbeling told local media. "Yesterday, Gordon announced that B.C. Ferries has agreed to halt the project."

The planned $30 million expansion project is aimed at increasing safety and customer service at the terminal, where long lineups currently require truckers to line up on the Upper Level Highway.

B.C. Ferries spokeswoman Betty Nicholson says it’s important the project isn’t held up, as they are determined to meet their deadline.

"Our president Bob Lingwood is discussing the matter with the transition team," she said Wednesday morning. "We should get clarification on it shortly."

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