At CP, keeping our track and infrastructure to the highest safety standards is important to us. This means people may notice periodic work on tracks, ties, crossings, bridges and other infrastructure. Below is a list of projects that are either underway or planned.
CP's maintenance work occurs across the network year round.
CP's crossing sightline program includes removing brush and trees within 1,200 feet in both directions of crossings, out to CP's property boundary. Vegetation will be removed from 1,200 feet to 3,000 feet from crossings at a width of 35 feet from the track centerline. These measures enhance safety for grade crossing users and ensure compliance with the regulations on crossing sightlines.
Maintenance work in your community may also include the replacement of rail, rail ties or ballast, requiring the use of specialized equipment. Railway neighbours may see and hear heavy machinery and work associated with industrial activity. CP operates around the clock; maintenance work may take place at any time.
For more information on CP's operations, property and more, please read our FAQs.
CP is proposing to build a multi-modal, multi-commodity transload and logistics facility on strategic land holdings adjacent to its existing intermodal rail facility in Pitt Meadows, B.C. The proposed facility, named the CP Logistics Park: Vancouver, is in the early stages of design and is subject to regulatory approval prior to CP's final investment decision. Members of the community are invited to visit cplogisticspark.ca to learn more about the project and provide their feedback.
CP is building an additional 8,500-ft track along its existing mainline in Kamloops, with work estimated to be completed in April 2021. The additional track will better accommodate increased shipment volumes moving through Kamloops to Teck Resources' (Teck) expanded Neptune Terminals on Canadian National's (CN) rail network, as announced by CN and Teck in December 2019.
During the project, residents can expect to hear heavy machinery and trucks and notice an increase in dust from time to time. Construction-type work will occur during daytime hours; however, nighttime work may be required. CP will at all times endeavour to minimize any inconvenience to the residents in the surrounding communities to the extent possible.
In order to complete grading work, the noise attenuation fence at the east end of Lorne Street East has been removed. The fence will be replaced once grade and track construction is completed.
The unofficial path commonly known as the Jack Gregson Trail is now permanently closed. This path, which came about through casual use, is located within CP's railway right-of-way. The path was neither designed nor intended to be a public pathway and is not part of the City of Kamloops public trail system.
You can find the City of Kamloops official trail network on the city's website: kamloops.ca/parks-recreation/parks-sports-fields/parks-and-trails-maps.
As a reminder, all CP track and lands are private property. Rail operations and track work take place 24/7. For public safety, as well as the safety of CP employees, please keep clear of rail property at all times.
Grading and other construction activities will take place within the project site from December 15, 2020 to February 15, 2021.
Archaeological monitoring will be performed by a professional archaeological consulting company and representatives from Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc during key stages of these planned construction activities.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is leading the Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Improvement project that will eliminate the rail crossings at Harris Road and Kennedy Road. Along with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Government of Canada, CP is currently investing in the Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Improvements Project through the National Trade Corridors Fund. More information about the Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Improvements Project can be found on the project website.
CP will be installing a centralized traffic control (CTC) signal system which include new signal masts, signal housing, power switch equipment and switch heaters along the tracks between Airdrie and a rail siding south of Bowden.
The signal masts look like traffic lights. Construction will continue to December 31, 2020.
CP is installing a second rail bridge over the Elbow River adjacent to and south of the existing rail bridge between 7th Street SE and 8th Street SE.
Bridge construction is planned for 2020, with additional work on CP property in 2021.
Will more tracks mean more rail traffic?CP's bridge reconfiguration will improve rail traffic flow through Alyth Yard, enabling CP to process trains more efficiently. CP's rail traffic and train frequency fluctuates with the needs of its customers.
Work will take place on CP property in the area of 69th Avenue SE to accommodate the City of Calgary Green Line LRT project. Information on this project is available through the City website at https://www.calgary.ca/greenline.
CP is extending the Cochrane siding to a capacity of 12,200 feet. The siding will be extended west to the Bow River bridge and east towards 5th Avenue in Cochrane. Construction will include a new bridge over Big Hill Creek and the public pathway.
Construction is expected from April 20, 2020 through to December 2020.
CP is extending the Irvine siding eastward by 4,200 feet. Grading work is anticipated to be completed by August 31, 2020, and the full project completed in 2021.
CP has received approval from the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA File Number 19-02643) to extend the existing Scotford Subdivision approximately 4 kilometers to the south. This extension will provide rail service to Inter Pipeline's new polypropylene facility. Work is expected to continue until December 1, 2020.
CP's application and supplemental filings can be downloaded from the links below:
CP Scotford Subdivision Extension Application Summary
CTA Supplemental Filing Letter June 21, 2019
CTA Supplemental Filing Letter July 17, 2019
CP Environmental Commitments Table
CP is installing a second track from its Clover Bar yard westward to 17th Street NE, Edmonton. The new track will extend 6,900 feet. Work will take place primarily during the daytime, with occasional evening and overnight work.
The project will continue until December 1, 2020.
The CP Piapot siding is being extended eastward by approximately 4,200 feet. The grading work is anticipated to be completed by June 30, 2020 and track work in 2021.
CP will be installing a centralized traffic control (CTC) signal system, including new signal masts, signal housing, power switch equipment and switch heaters along the tracks between Smiths Falls, ON and Saint-Télesphore, QC.
The signal masts look like traffic lights. Construction will continue to December 15, 2020.
From June 15 to December 15, 2020 CP will be removing sections of the north track between Smiths Falls, ON and Dalhousie, QC. Sections of track will remain as sidings, allowing for efficient train movement through the region. The work will start near Smiths Falls, ON and proceed eastward, however we will need to return to segments multiple times over the course of the project. The majority of the work will take place Monday to Friday between 5:00am and 5:00pm, although some weekend work is expected.
Some rail and other materials will be re-used. Rail and ties are not for sale and we do not give them away.
The CP project at Les Cèdres is currently part of a company-wide review of existing facilities. As a result of this extensive review, there has been no firm timeline set for the discussion of plans at this site. We remain committed to informing all interested parties about the status of the Les Cèdres project, and about our operations in the municipality.
If you have questions about these or other projects, contact our Community Connect team here.