CP adds Saskatchewan hub

by MM&D staff

CALGARY, Alberta—CP has expanded its operations in Saskatchewan.

Today, the railway opened its latest intermodal facility in Regina. It is located in the Global Transportation Hub (GTH), a distribution and logistics development situated on 690 hectares (1,700 acres) of serviced land, created by the Saskatchewan provincial government and operated by a crown corporation, the Global Transportation Hub Authority.

The intermodal facility’s 122 hectares (300 acres) are adjacent to CP’s mainline which runs between Regina and Moose Jaw.

It is designed to process up to 250,000 container handlings per year. That amount is five times higher than the company’s old terminal in Regina. A wide variety of goods—destined for both national and international markets—will be moved through the terminal. Included in the cargo will be auto parts, consumer products (such as electronics, clothing and furniture), and agricultural specialty crops including peas, beans, lentils, soya beans and alfalfa.

CP’s plans for this terminal played an integral role in the creation of the GTH, according to GTH president, Chris Dekker.

“The actual concept and development of the GTH began over five years ago and was predicated on CP relocating its intermodal facility from downtown Regina to our current site,” he said.

According to Jane O’Hagan, CP’s executive vice-president and chief marketing officer, the new facility is an example of how the company plans to meet the needs of local markets.

“CP’s co-location strategy positions key customer distribution centres adjacent to high-capacity intermodal facilities to drive superior efficiencies and service levels. The GTH will offer these same advantages to the Saskatchewan market.”