ASHCROFT, B.C.--The Government of Canada has completed Ashcroft Terminal's Expansion project, which will improve the flow of goods by rail, and give local industry a competitive edge in international trade.
The newly completed terminal expansion project - announced today by Mark Strahl, Member of Parliament for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport - added a 1,500-metre enhanced connection to the mainline with additional railcar storage, transload facilities and support tracks. These improvements will help the terminal to more efficiently handle manufacturing, industrial and mining materials, and agricultural products. They will also allow shipments to move more quickly through the rail corridor, the government said.
The project will also provide local producers and shippers with safer and better services, including greater road access to the terminal.
These improvements aim to help forge stronger shipping ties between British Columbia's natural resource sector and the Asia-Pacific region, providing competitive options to shippers from the Ashcroft area. The terminal expansion has also served as an important step in helping to diversify the region's economy in response to the mountain pine beetle infestation, which has put the forestry industry at risk and threatened the stability of the regional economy.
Construction of the Ashcroft Terminal expansion project began in February 2013 and was completed on time and within budget.
Ashcroft Terminal is currently served by the Canadian Pacific Rail mainline that feeds into Port Metro Vancouver, a major international trade hub and gateway to Asian markets.
"The expansion project has allowed Ashcroft Terminal to provide an alternative to truck traffic to help reduce congestion and Green House Gases (GHG emissions). Ashcroft Terminal is now better able to serve existing and future Canadian shippers and producers from all natural resource sectors, including: mining; forestry; oil & gas; agriculture and manufacturing," sai Robert Landucci, CEO of Ashcroft Terminal.