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 annual track programs and crossing maintenance work takes place across the network from spring through fall.
Maintenance work in your community may include the replacement of rail, rail ties or ballast, requiring the use of specialized equipment. Railway neighbours may see and hear heavy machinery, banging, idling trucks, dust, voices, reversing trucks, idling locomotives or other industrial activity. CP operates around the clock and this work may take place at all hours of the day or night.
We appreciate your patience as we complete this essential and important safety work. For more information on CP's operations, please
read our FAQs.
The CP Sapperton interchange project will extend the current interchange track by approximately 5,000 feet to a total capacity of 8,700 feet. Construction involves ground stabilization by installing reinforced concrete columns, subgrade and drainage works, and new track construction.
Work will occur Monday – Saturday during daytime hours until November 30, 2020. Overnight work will also take place from October 30 to November 6.
CP is building an additional 8,500 ft track
along its existing mainline in Kamloops, with work starting in early November
2020 and 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.
The unofficial path commonly known as the Jack Gregson Trail is permanently closed effective November 9, 2020. 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.
CP is conducting an Archaeological Impact Assessment (AIA) to identify and evaluate archaeological sites within the project area. The work will be performed by a professional archaeological consulting company and include representatives from Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc. The field assessment will involve testing of soils at regular intervals in areas where archaeological potential has been identified. Samples will be screened on-site, and test holes will be backfilled with the original materials.
Beginning November 9, 2020, CP will be performing utility locates and will minimally expose existing utilities using a vacuum system. Trees, shrubs and other vegetation will be removed from the site in preparation for upcoming project work.
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 realigning track and switches in the area north of 11th Street SE, near our Alyth yard. New crossing warning protection will be installed at the 20th Avenue SE crossing, along with new fencing on part of the property.
Construction is anticipated to be completed by end of summer 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
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.