News Release - September 7, 2000
PROVINCE APPROVES WESTCAN DEAL
The province has approved the acquisition of four southwest Saskatchewan
Canadian Pacific Railway branch lines by Westcan Rail Ltd.
"We are pleased that Westcan is interested in operating a short line to serve
producers in the southwest," Highways and Transportation Minister Maynard
Sonntag said. "We consulted with area producers, local residents and
governments, and are in favor of their desire to have a short line railway. The
success of this operation will depend on support from area producers."
Public consultations, co-hosted by the South West Transportation Planning
Council and Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation, were held in Shaunavon,
Consul, Frontier, Lafleche and Vanguard in August.
The Notukeu, Shaunavon, Altawan and Vanguard subdivisions are in an area
bounded by the Trans-Canada Highway, the U.S. border, the Alberta border and
Highway No. 2. The subdivisions will now operate from a Westcan base of
operation in Shaunavon, under the name of Great Western Rail. They are expected
to be in operation by month-end.
The Minister has approved the acquisition, as required by Saskatchewan's
Railway Act . Similarly, the Highway Traffic Board has issued an Operating
Authority Certificate based on a review of the company's ability to run a short
The province recognizes the importance of rail service to rural communities and
sees the added benefit of short lines helping reduce stress on our rural
highways caused by grain transportation.
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For more information, call:
Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation
Phone: (306) 787-4866
cell: (306) 536-1944