North Cowichan would like to see the Crofton ferry terminal moved 150 yards to the north to alleviate traffic congestion in Crofton’s village area. (File photo)

North Cowichan would like to see the Crofton ferry terminal moved 150 yards to the north to alleviate traffic congestion in Crofton’s village area. (File photo)

Upgrades at Crofton ferry terminal expected in 2022

Public consultations expected to begin in 2019

Moving the Crofton ferry terminal about 150 yards to the north of its current location would be the best-case scenario for North Cowichan, according to Al Siebring.

Siebring, the new mayor of the municipality, said building a new terminal at this location would help ease traffic flows in the Crofton village area that are currently being impacted by the congestion of cars waiting to cross over to Saltspring Island on the ferry.

RELATED STORY: SIEBRING NEW MAYOR OF NORTH COWICHAN

But he acknowledged that moving the terminal and creating a new and separate access to the ferry would require negotiations between Paper Excellence Canada, the new owners of the Crofton pulp and paper mill which owns land that the access route would likely have to be built through, and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and BC Ferries.

“We’ll have to wait and see just what happens with the Crofton ferry terminal, but I talked to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevana at the last Union of B.C. Municipalities meeting and she said the ministry is open to that idea,” Siebring said.

“But there are a number of different players at the table on this issue so the ministry won’t be making any unilateral decisions.”

BC Ferries has announced it will begin consultations, including with the public, on a terminal development plan in 2019 for the Crofton ferry terminal, with upgrades planned for 2022 based on the input that is received.

BC Ferries’ capital budget is $3.9 billion and some of that money, although exactly how much is not known at this time, has been earmarked for the Crofton ferry terminal.

RELATED STORY: BC FERRIES EARNINGS DECLINE $9.3 MILLION DESPITE HIGH TRAFFIC NUMBERS

Siebring said he doesn’t know at this stage if North Cowichan will be asked to contribute to the costs of whatever is eventually planned for the ferry terminal.

“I’m hoping the province can be convinced to take on much of the costs because North Cowichan doesn’t have a lot of money for the project right now, but that would ultimately be up to council,” he said.

As for what other changes and upgrades the municipality would like to see on the Crofton-Saltspring Island ferry run, including service levels, Siebring said the vast majority of users of the ferry are from Saltspring Island, so their input would be far more useful to deciding changes than those who live in Crofton and North Cowichan.



robert.barron@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Wayne Allen's graduation photo from Chemainus Secondary School. (Photo submitted)
Brother charged with murder in Chemainus teenager’s Ontario death

Jesse James Allen stands accused in the death of Wayne Allen, a 2020 Chemainus Secondary grad

The frequent disruptions to water service in Chemainus are expected to be a lot less after North Cowichan replaces the Smiley Road water main. (File photo)
Smiley Road water main in Chemainus to be replaced

$890,000 project expected to be completed this spring

Cowichan Tribes open up vaccinations for members who are 40 and older. (File photo)
Cowichan Tribes opens up vaccinations for members 18 and older

Vaccination sessions to be held over weekend

Kim McGregor died in the Feb. 14 hit-and-run accident in Chemainus. (Photo submitted)
Victim identified in Valentine’s Day Chemainus hit-and-run

Kim McGregor grew up in Chemainus and had recently returned to be close to his parents

The Cowichan Valley Regional District will use fire hydrants to flush water systems in Youbou, Honeymoon Bay, Mesachie Lake and Bald Mountain in March. (Robert Barron/Gazette)
Water system flushing in Cowichan Lake communities in March may cause discolouration warns CVRD

Water pipes in Youbou, Honeymoon Bay, Mescahie Lake, and Bald Mountain targeted

Dr. Bonnie Henry leaves the podium after talking about the next steps in B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
COVID: 589 new cases in B.C., and 7 new deaths

No new outbreaks being reported Feb. 26

Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
300-kilogram sea lion muscled up from B.C. beach in rescue attempt

Animal dies despite efforts of Nanaimo marine mammal rescue team, emergency personnel and bystanders

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A crossover utility vehicle smashed through the front of a business on Bowen Road on Friday evening. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Vehicle smashes all the way inside business in Nanaimo

No serious injuries reported after incident at Venue Financial Centres on Friday

Gina Adams as she works on her latest piece titled ‘Undying Love’. (Submitted photo)
‘Toothless’ the kitty inspires B.C. wood carver to break out the chainsaw

Inspired by plight of a toothless cat, Gina Adams offers proceeds from her artwork to help animals

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson presents bill to delay B.C.’s budget as late as April 30, and allow further spending before that, B.C. legislature, Dec. 8, 2020. (Hansard TV)
How big is B.C.’s COVID-19 deficit? We’ll find out April 20

More borrowing expected as pandemic enters second year

The first of 11 Dash 8 Q400 aircraft's have arrived in Abbotsford. Conair Group Inc. will soon transform them into firefighting airtankers. (Submitted)
Abbotsford’s Conair begins airtanker transformation

Aerial firefighting company creating Q400AT airtanker in advance of local forest fire season

RCMP say a woman turned herself in to police after hitting a pedestrian and fleeing the scene of the accident in downtown Nanaimo on Friday morning. (File photo)
Driver flees, then turns herself in after hitting pedestrian in downtown Nanaimo

RCMP say woman was struck in marked crosswalk after driver ran red light

The Canada Revenue Agency says there were 32 tax fraud convictions across the country between April 2019 and March 2020. (Pixabay)
Vancouver man sentenced to 29 months, fined $645K for tax evasion, forgery

Michael Sholz reportedly forged documents to support ineligible tax credits linked to homeownership

Most Read