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Lamont County Purchases Land for Rail Development

Lamont, Alberta – August 4, 2017 - Lamont County has negotiated with the landowner of SW-36-55-20-W4 to purchase 20 acres on the east side of the property. The purchase will facilitate a connection between the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific rail lines, in cooperation with Alberta Midland Railway Terminal.

According to Jim Newman, Manager of Economic Development for Lamont County, the development of a rail line connector will “enhance economic opportunities for Lamont County to attract new industry interested in connections to both rail lines, and that [the rail line connector] will be desirable for those industries that want access to the global market.”

The successful completion of this land purchase will allow Lamont County Administration to withdraw the proposed road closure Bylaw for RR 201, which was proposed to allow development of a rail corridor.