The rail link to the Northern Manitoba port of Churchill is back in operation after being knocked out for over a year due to severe flooding.
The port and rail line was sold to a consortium in late August which includes Northern Manitoba first nations, Fairfax financial holdings and Regina-based AGT foods.
“So when we look at the future, we believe that the Artic Gateway will develop, ice breakers will break the ice, foreign vessels in the Northwest Passage will cement Canada’s claim to sovereignty, and the work and the completion of the Hudson Bay Railway and the first trains coming in will be the first of many.” AGT president Murad Al-Katib said of the port’s future as an export location.
Freight and passenger service is expected to resume later this month, with heavier loads beginning next spring.
The federal government is providing 74 million dollars to help with the rail-line sale and repairs and another 43 million will subsidize operations of the rail line and port for the next ten years.