Canadian National Railway (CN) is set to invest more than C$245m ($183.7m) to bolster the railway infrastructure in the province of Saskatchewan.
The investment forms a part of the CN’s planned C$3.9bn ($2.92bn) capital investment focused on allowing growth from all commodity segments.
The Saskatchewan rail network connects agricultural customers across the Prairies to global markets and has major terminals in Saskatoon, Regina and Melville.
CN is planning to construct nearly ten miles of double track near Atwater and another ten miles of double track near Fenwood, both close to Melville.
The company is also planning to build eight miles of double track near Biggar, west of Saskatoon, and another seven miles of double track near Clavet, southeast of Saskatoon.
Plans also include the replacement of around 66 miles of rail, installation of nearly 260,000 railroad ties, rebuilding 21 road crossing surfaces and overhauling signalling systems and track.
CN Western Region vice-president Doug Ryhorchuk said: “Following a record capital programme in 2018, CN brought on 25% more qualified train conductors in Western Canada and added over 10% more active high horsepower locomotives to its network.
“This year, CN is investing $35m more than last year to bring greater capacity to CN’s mainline to benefit all commodities.”
The company has invested nearly C$700m ($524.94m) in Saskatchewan in the last five years.
Overall, it operates 1,937 miles of railroad route in the province and employs about 1,300 people.