The Canadian National Railway Company (CN) has unveiled plans to invest $30m in New Brunswick and $10m in Nova Scotia’s rail infrastructure.

The company has decided to strengthen its rail network and particularly improve its safety and efficiency.

CN’s investments come as part of the company’s overall capital programme for this fiscal year, which will focus on the replacement, upgrade and maintenance of key track infrastructure.

The planned work in New Brunswick will involve the installation of about 20 miles of new rail and over 50,000 railroad ties, while works in Nova Scotia will see the installation of 6 miles of new rail and over 2,100 railroad ties.

Rebuild work of road crossing surfaces and maintenance work on bridges, culverts, signal systems and other track infrastructure will also be undertaken in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

“CN’s investments come as part of the company’s overall capital programme for this fiscal year, which will focus on the replacement, upgrade and maintenance of key track infrastructure.”

CN’s New Brunswick rail network connects the province to Moncton and reaches the ports of Saint John and Belledune.

The Nova Scotia rail network links the Port of Halifax container terminals with markets in central Canada and the Midwest and accesses CN’s Autoport facility, which handles vehicles for distribution across North America and to Newfoundland.

The operator has made investments of $150m in New Brunswick in the last five years, employing approximately 330 people and operating 596 miles of railroad route.

CN has also invested $214,000 in community partnerships, with local spending of $65m and payment of cash taxes of $2m in 2017.

In Nova Scotia, CN has spent nearly $50m in the last five years, employing approximately 450 people and operating railroad route of 162 miles.

CN has further invested $217,000 in community partnerships, with local spending of $38m and payment of cash taxes of $3m in 2017.