Following is an excerpt from a recent CN advisory.
We would like to update you on network operations in Western Canada in relation to the wildfires in the Lytton, BC area. All intermodal and carload traffic northbound and eastbound from Vancouver, as well as traffic inbound to Vancouver from east/north of Kamloops continues to be affected by this situation.
The CN team continues to work with the local authorities and First Nations. Representatives from the Lytton First Nation, Nlaka'pamux tribal council and CN have had continued collaborative discussions which have resulted in authorized CN representatives to have passage on their land to inspect the area, which is currently ongoing. Once the scope is established, CN will be in a better position to estimate the time needed for repair to resume safe operations. In the interim, CN is also working to detour limited traffic where possible to decongest the network.
CN has been actively working on rerouting our customer’s traffic via;
CP line on a coproduction agreement
The reopening of the Lillooet line which runs from Vancouver to Prince George via Squamish, Lillooet, Exeter, Quesnel primarily for the BC North traffic
Collaboration with BNSF and CP on helping CN via different gateway
At this time an embargo has been issued preventing traffic to be billed Westbound to Vancouver from northern BC and east of Kamloops and from the BNSF, UP and Vancouver area towards the East. The BNSF and UP traffic into Vancouver area is permitted.
The intermodal traffic is not impacted by this embargo, it is strictly focused on carload traffic. Current gate restrictions on Intermodal traffic to/from BC South is still in effect and we continue to work with individual customers to find alternative solutions for their shipments.
We will continue to keep you posted of any further developments.
We will provide further updates as soon as they are available.
HENSALL GLOBAL LOGISTICS