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Private interests walk away from purchasing Okanagan rail line

The federal government will now be asked if it wants to acquire the rail line between Coldstream and Kelowna. - Photo submitted
The federal government will now be asked if it wants to acquire the rail line between Coldstream and Kelowna.
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Government will now have a chance to acquire a rail corridor many residents want to see turned into a recreational trail.

Discussions between Canadian National and a business to operate the rail line between Coldstream and Kelowna came to an end Monday.

“CN will be offering the line to the federal government for purchase. They will have a 30-day window to respond,” said Warren Chandler, senior manager of CN public affairs, in an e-mail to The Morning Star.

“Should the federal government not purchase the line, it will then be offered to the provincial government, followed by the municipal government. Both will have 30 days to respond.”

The Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative is pushing all levels of government to purchase the corridor for development of a trail.

See more in Wednesday's Morning Star.

 

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