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CP Rail agrees to cease work on Arbutus corridor

November 4 2014

City Hall in summer, behind the trees on the north lawn

The City has reached an agreement with CP Rail. CP Rail has commitment to cease all work on the Arbutus corridor until the City’s injunction application gets heard in court in December.

Pruning and water main work along the Arbutus corridor

In the agreement, only two areas of activity will proceed over the next few weeks: 

  • BC Hydro has identified trees that will require pruning along a stretch of the corridor between King Edward Avenue and Marpole to protect hydro lines on the corridor
  • Metro Vancouver has had water main work at the West 60th crossing, requiring a small span of tracks at West 60th to be replaced. No gardens or trees will be removed. 

History of the civil claim

On October 3, 2014, the City filed a notice of civil claim in BC Supreme Court in a direct constitutional challenge to action taken by Canadian Pacific (CP) to clear the Arbutus corridor and reactivate it as a railway. The case will be heard December 9, 2014.