Construction project east of Sioux Lookout part of CN Rail record capital investment
Tim Brody - Editor
CN Rail is investing approximately $315 million to expand and strengthen the company’s rail network across the province.
Part of that investment includes the construction of a new train passing siding east of Sioux Lookout.
CN spokesperson Jonathan Abecassis explained, “A siding is an extra set of tracks to allow trains to pass each other. It’s going to be about a mile long and allows more fluidity in the area.”
The investment in Ontario is part of CN’s $3.4 billion capital program for 2018.
Abecassis further commented with regards to CN’s announcement, “By investing in the infrastructure we’re creating a more fluid network, which serves all our customers. Our mainline corridor between Toronto and Winnipeg goes right through northern Ontario. We think it’s important to invest in our infrastructure. We’ve seen an increase in demands on railroad over the years and by doing this record capital investment of $3.4 billion across our network, we’re investing for the long haul.”
Other capital program elements CN is investing in will focus on the replacement, upgrade and maintenance of key track infrastructure to improve overall safety and efficiency.
“I applaud CN's investment in important railway infrastructure across Ontario,” said Navdeep Bains, Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “These investments will help connect Canadians by improving transportation and will maintain and expand CN's workforce of nearly 4,000 Ontarians."
"This is good news for Ontario and for Ontario jobs,” said Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario. "It is particularly good news for the communities, businesses and jobs that depend on our natural resource and manufacturing sectors. I applaud CN for walking the walk and sending a clear signal to the world that it's a great time to invest in our province. Ontario is open for business."