Better rail capacity coming in Delta

It’s going to be a little easier getting product in and out of Annacis Island.

The federal government this week announced infrastructure funding to increase transport capacity and efficiency including $3.5 million for the industrial area in Delta.

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The funding is aimed at increasing rail access to auto terminals and off-dock facilities that serve shipping containers.

The Ministry of Transport says improvements will be made to three separate areas of the Southern Railway of British Columbia rail network on the island, including building approximately 1.2 kilometres of new rail track, re-aligning track configuration at key areas and upgrading existing rail sections to a heavier standard.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau said the government is supporting infrastructure projects that contribute most to Canada's success in international trade.

Trade diversification is a key component of the National Trade Corridors Fund, through projects that improve the performance of the transportation system to increase the value and volume of goods exported from Canada to overseas markets as well as generate new overseas trade as a result of the investment.

"Our government is investing in Canada's economy by making improvements to our trade and transportation corridors. We are supporting projects that will help efficiently move goods to market and people to their destinations, stimulate our economy, create quality middle-class jobs, and ensure that Canada's transportation networks remain competitive and efficient," Garneau said in a news release.

The government is also providing $17.5 million to expand and improve the Ray-Mont off-dock transload facility in Richmond and $7.5 million to double on-site rail capacity at the Fibreco terminal in North Vancouver.

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