Richardson | Railyard Expansion

November 2, 2021

Project status
Permit under review

In October 2021, Richardson International Ltd. (Richardson) submitted a project permit application for a railyard expansion of their North Vancouver terminal located at 300 and 375 Low Level Road, on federal lands managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

Port authority-led engagement and consultation

As part of the Project and Environmental Review for the proposed project under the Impact Assessment Act, the proposed project was be posted on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry with an opportunity for public comment between November 15 and December 14, 2021.

The port authority will conduct formal consultation activities with stakeholders and Indigenous groups as part of the Project and Environmental Review process.

Applicant-led public engagement

As part of the Project and Environmental Review process, Richardson is required to solicit public feedback on the proposed project, results of technical studies and proposed mitigation measures.

Between November 15 and January 7, 2022, the Applicant is inviting public comment on their proposed rail expansion. All public comments must be sent directly to the Applicant. Please submit your feedback about the proposed project by visiting the Applicant’s project website.

The Applicant hosted an online information session on December 1, 2021 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. To register, visit the Applicant’s website.

All public feedback sent directly to the port authority during the public engagement period will be forwarded to the Applicant for inclusion in the public engagement process. The port authority will consider all feedback received from the public, stakeholders and Indigenous groups as part of the Project and Environmental Review of the proposed project.

About the project

Richardson are proposing a rail-focused expansion of their North Vancouver terminal. The primary purpose of the proposed Project is to provide Richardson with greater resilience by allowing the terminal to store an additional loaded unit train on-site instead of relying on CN to temporarily store the train on the rail network. With the track expansion, CN would be able to deliver up to two full trains directly to Richardson without having to use up capacity within the nearby Lynn Yard. This would reduce the likelihood of delays in the rail network caused by Richardson-bound traffic.

The reduction in downtime (while waiting for CN to deliver the second half of a train) would allow Richardson to increase their terminal throughput. Currently, the terminal is operating at a capacity of 6 million metric tonnes (mmt) per annum. With the track expansion, it is expected that the operating capacity of the terminal will be increased to the design capacity of 7 mmt per annum.

Project activities and components include:

  • Construction of 15 additional storage tracks
  • Realignment of tracks within the existing yard
  • Addition of crossovers and turnouts within the existing yard
  • Installation of truck turnaround area, emergency access road and construction of new vehicular access gates (security and emergency)
  • Various associated works such as installation of new lighting, fencing and utilities

Should the proposed project be approved, construction is expected to take approximately 20 weeks.

Resources

December 2021 – Technical drawing 1: Richardson Railyard Expansion [PDF]
December 2021 – Technical drawing 2: Richardson Railyard Expansion [PDF]
December 2021 – Technical drawing 3: Richardson Railyard Expansion [PDF]
December 2021 – Technical drawing 4: Richardson Railyard Expansion [PDF]
December 2021 – Technical drawing 5: Richardson Railyard Expansion [PDF]
December 2021 – Technical drawing 6: Richardson Railyard Expansion [PDF]
November 2021  – Project and Environmental Review Application Supplemental Report: Richardson Railyard Expansion [PDF]
September 2021  – Construction Environmental Management Plan: Richardson Railyard Expansion [PDF]
September 2021  – Noise and Vibration Study: Richardson Railyard Expansion [PDF]
August 2021  – Excavation Volumes: Richardson Railyard Expansion [PDF]
August 2021  – Lot Grading and Utilities Plan: Richardson Railyard Expansion [PDF]
August 2021  – Rail Operating Plan Notes: Richardson Railyard Expansion [PDF]
August 2021  – Rail Plan: Richardson Railyard Expansion [PDF]
August 2021  – Road Improvements and Access Plan: Richardson Railyard Expansion [PDF]
August 2021  – Traffic Technical Memo: Richardson Railyard Expansion [PDF]
July 2021  – Lighting Plan: Richardson Railyard Expansion [PDF]
July 2020  – Geotechnical Report: Richardson Railyard Expansion [PDF]

Contact information
To provide feedback on Applicant’s proposed project, please visit the Applicant’s website or contact Kelcey Vossen by email ([email protected]) or by phone at 204.934.4118.

For questions regarding the Project and Environmental Review of the proposed project, or to get in touch with our team, please contact us by email or phone at 604.665.9047.

Please note, when receiving public feedback as part of the PER process, the port authority may collect your personal information, i.e., your name, contact information and personal views and opinions, to inform the PER process for a proposed project. Your personal information may be disclosed to third parties, such as our tenants, in order for them to respond directly to you or help inform our response. You are entitled to submit a complaint to the Privacy Commissioner office here.