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Lumby lines up rail protection

Future transportation needs are being protected in Lumby.

Council has adopted a zoning bylaw that declares the current railway track through the community as an official transportation corridor.

“If we lose that corridor, we will never get it back,” said Mayor Kevin Acton.

Lumby council decided to take action after the rail line between Spallumcheen and Grindrod closed two years ago.

There was a concern that the owner of the land the track sits on could sell it for non-transportation uses.

Coun. Ben Winters says businesses may be unwilling to move to Lumby if there are limited transportation options.

“If they need to transport items by rail in the future, they will have the rail lines there,” said Winters.

Acton believes the corridor has the potential to benefit the economy.

“There could be a cycle path or railway there,” he said, adding that the corridor will become a critical part of long-term planning for the community.

 

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