Victoria, BC –Construction of a section of the E&N Rail Trail from the intersection of Admirals and Colville Roads in Esquimalt to Esquimalt Road in Victoria is underway. The first portion of work including construction of 2.3 kilometre of trail surface is nearing completion. Due to requirements by the rail operator for public safety, this section of trail must be closed until the intersection upgrades are complete. The second portion involving improvements to five road intersections, including upgrades to rail signals and pedestrian crossing infrastructure, is on hold until the future of the railway is determined by the rail operator and other parties.
“While there is currently no passenger service running on the line, it is still considered an active railway and therefore subject to all safety requirements to which the CRD must adhere,” says Lloyd Rushton, General Manager of CRD Parks and Community Services. “We ask for the public’s patience and cooperation as we work to construct our next regional trail.”
The E&N Rail Trail (working title) is a commuter cycling and recreation trail that is being built largely within the rail corridor in Victoria, Esquimalt, View Royal and Langford. The trail is being built in phases. Phase one is underway. It will provide a 14.3 kilometre contiguous route from Esquimalt Road in Victoria to Jacklin Road in Langford. Eventually this multi-use path will stretch from the Johnson Street Bridge in Victoria to Humpback Road in Langford. It will be an important transportation link between Victoria and the Westshore. It will also form a key part of the trail network managed by the Capital Regional District, which includes the popular Galloping Goose and Lochside regional trails.
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For further information, please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks
Tel: 250.360.3332 | cell: 250.889.8030