The City of Vancouver has reached an agreement with CP Rail to suspend all track maintenance work along the Arbutus Corridor for the next two to three weeks while the two sides meet to discuss the corridor's future.

The news comes after CP Rail sent a letter to residents warning it  would start spraying herbicide and begin work to repair tracks and crossing along the Arbutus railway corridor on the west side of Vancouver.

CP Rail spraying herbicide

CP Rail says it could be using a shrouded boom sprayer like this one to distribute herbicide along the Arbutus Corridor in Vancouver. (CP Rail )

The railway started work to clear the tracks when negotiations with the City of Vancouver to sell the land reached a standstill. The city has rezoned the land to restrict any future commercial or residential development.

In the letter, which went out to residents last week CP director Mike LoVecchio wrote, "This work is to continue throughout August and September. Our goal is to have the entire line ready for train operations in the fall."

The moves are the latest steps in the railway company's efforts to clear the derelict line and resume track usage by the fall, with the apparent aim of forcing the city to cut a deal to buy the land.

The published list of herbicides that might be used along the railway line include:

  • Aminopyralid.
  • Flumioxazin.
  • 2,4-D.
  • Glyphosate
  • Bromacil
  • Imazapyr
  • Chlorsulfuron
  • Metsulfuron-methyl
  • Clopyralid
  • Picloram
  • Dicamba
  • Diuron
  • Dichlorprop
  • Triclopyr
  • Siloxylated polyether (spray adjuvant)
CP letter

CP Rail set this letter to resident near the Arbutus Corridor in Vancouver this week. (CBC)