The Island Corridor Foundation will make an announcement in Langford on Tuesday regarding the future of the E&N rail line.

Rail announcement Tuesday in Langford

Island Corridor Foundation chief operating officer Graham Bruce will make an announcement Tuesday on the future of the E&N rail line.

Island Corridor Foundation chief operating officer Graham Bruce will make an announcement Tuesday morning in Langford regarding funding for the E&N rail line.

Bruce has released a statement that federal, provincial and municipal officials will be attendance at the Langford rail station near Station Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway for the 10 a.m. press conference.

Conservative MPs James Lunney (Nanaimo-Alberni) and Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan (Vancouver Island North) are scheduled to attend, meaning the announcement will almost certainly allow the ICF to rehabilitate the aging E&N track.

It’s also likely Bruce will release the results of a bridge and trestle engineering audit conducted last year.

The Island Corridor Foundation has been lobbying the federal government to match $7.5 million pledged by the province in June 2011. The foundation says it will be able to replace rail ties along 290 kilometres of track and relaunch a basic VIA Rail service with $15 million.

Bruce has said its tentative plan would see a VIA Rail Budd car leave Nanaimo in the morning to deliver passengers near CFB Esquimalt, the shipyards and Vic West. The cars would make a few runs between Langford and Vic West during the day, giving the region a first step toward commuter rail, and return to Nanaimo in the evening.

The announcement is at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Stay tuned to goldstreamgazette.com for updates.

Just Posted

Prize winning Urban Bee Honey Farm generating a buzz

Urban Bee honoured at the Vancouver Island Business Awards

African rhythms, dance performance to help out Sierra Leone charity group

Feb. 23 show by Issamba ensemble a fundraiser for Victoria-Taiama Partnership

Excitement builds for first Victoria Folk ‘N Fiddle Festival in Sidney

First headliners announced, wide range of community friendly musical, cultural events planned

Over 100 take the Vancouver Island polar plunge

More than $25,000 raised for BC Special Olympics athletes

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

B.C. athlete takes home gold in freestyle aerials at Canada Games

Brayden Kuroda won the event with a combined score of 121.65.

Cabinet likely to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

New round of consultations with Indigenous communities is coming

B.C. government provides $75,000 towards salmon study

Study looks at abundance and health of Pacific salmon in Gulf of Alaska

UBC researchers develop inexpensive tool to test drinking water

The tricoder can test for biological contamination in real-time

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

He was convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl in 2017

B.C. communities push back against climate change damages campaign

Activists copying California case that was tossed out of court

Most Read