Arbutus corridor told to remove any property on CP land

Just for the record, BC Electric not only ran interurbans on the Arbutus Corridor to Richmond, they also ran inteurbans to New Westminster via the line along the North of the Fraser River. In Theory, the CPR could do the same.

One doubts that the CPR would even contemplate operating some sort of passenger rail service along the lines, but stranger things have happened. Five or six Stadler GTW’s could bring a basic service from New West (maybe Annicis Island) to the foot of the Burrard Bridge.

Arbutus corridor told to remove any property on CP land

CP still contemplating re-activating train line

Simon Druker July 2, 2014

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) ai??i?? People and businesses along the Arbutus corridor now have until the end of the month to remove any and all property that sits along the train tracks running through there.

This comes as CP continues its review of the line with an eye towards possibly re-activating it.

That review began in April and no decisions have been made yet as engineers continue to determine what kind of shape the line is in since trains last used the track in 2001.

Ed Greenberg with CP says theyai??i??ve run into a bit of a problem.

ai???There are many encroachments along the corridor that lie within CP property including gardens and a small structure. So in order to complete this work, CP employees must be able to work with no encumbrances,ai??? he says.

And that means people need to move their property by July 31st.

ai???Letters went out to residents living along the corridor and also notices are being placed along the line asking residents to please remove or transplant anything that is on CP land,ai??? says Greenberg.

He says CP should know by August how much work is needed and whether theyai??i??ll go ahead with actual repairs to the track bed.

From there, they could attempt to bring it up to federal safety standards, which would need to be done before deciding what if any commercial freight traffic could use the line.

But Greenberg says itai??i??s not a given that trains will start rumbling through the corridor that runs from Marine Drive to Granville Island.

ai???CP remains open to continued discussions with the city to discuss future

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