ASHCROFT, BC, May 21, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada today
announced the completion of 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 project will also provide local producers and shippers with safer
and better services, including greater road access to the terminal.
These improvements will help to 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 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.
This joint investment of $7.15 million from the Government of Canada and
Ashcroft Terminal will provide lasting economic improvements throughout
the region. The federal government contributed over $3.57 million from
the Mountain Pine Beetle Program within the Asia-Pacific Gateway and
Corridor Transportation Infrastructure Fund (APGCTIF), while Ashcroft
Terminal provided matching funds.
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 Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI) aims to make
Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway the best transportation network for
moving goods between North America and Asia.
The Mountain Pine Beetle Program increased the total federal investment
in the APGCTIF by $44 million to provide transportation infrastructure
support for areas in British Columbia affected by the mountain pine
beetle, an insect that attacks mature or weakened lodgepole pine.
"The completion of the Ashcroft Terminal project will provide our region
with economic benefits through trade for generations to come."
Member of Parliament for Chilliwack—Fraser Canyon
"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
CEO of Ashcroft Terminal
Archived News Release and Backgrounder - The Government of Canada
supports Ashcroft Terminal's expansion (14-07-2010)
For information on the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative,
For information on Ashcroft Terminal, visit: ashcroftterminal.com
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
Vice President, Projects & Development
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