Lumby wants corridors protected

Council discussed Monday the need for rail lines to be maintained for community use

Lumby politicians want to ensure rail corridors remain a public asset.

Council discussed Monday the need for rail lines to be maintained for community use if they are no longer needed for transporting freight.

“It’s about vision and foresight for our region,” said Mayor Kevin Acton.

The rail line to Lumby is currently being used for freight but the lines from Coldstream to Kelowna and from Spallumcheen to Sicamous have been abandoned. Efforts are underway to have the public  obtain those corridors instead of them being purchased privately.

“We’re talking about a linear corridor that once it’s gone, it’s gone,” said Acton, adding that the long-term uses could vary from trails to transportation.

“It could be a corridor for fiber optics or a utility.”

Council may possibly consider financially contributing to acquiring rail lines if it’s believed the property has regional benefits.

“Politicians need to look 30 years ahead and have a long-term vision. What will the valley need in the future?” said Coun. Nick Hodge.

“It could be good for tourism and economic development in the short-term and in the future, who knows.”