Raw materials will mainly be delivered to site by rail. CN has been consulted and can provide rail services to support Xinyi’s operational requirements without having to increase the number of trains, but rather, by adding cars to existing trains.
Xinyi will invest and build 3 on-site rail spur lines to allow the majority of raw materials to be delivered to minimize the use of trucks for delivery of raw products.
Weekly delivery by CN Rail of 100 rail cars for raw material supplies are expected to be accommodated by adding cars to the existing trains that travel to Stratford 2 to 3 times per week between Monday and Friday.
Employee traffic will be 170 employees (AM Peak Hour) entering the Xinyi Site (120 regular schedule staff and 50 shift-schedule staff) plus 50 shift-schedule staff exiting for home.
PM Peak Hour = 120 regular-schedule staff exiting for home.
Total daily Truck Trip Generation = 50 trips in and 50 trips out per day.
Maximum truck trips = 8 per hour (1 truck every 7.5 minutes in the Peak Hour).
Both Highway 7 and Line 29 have significant reserve road capacity, which provides an acceptable Level of Service (LOS) to accommodate the traffic generated by Xinyi, the other annexed lands and growth in traffic. Highway 7 is a Provincial Highway that is designed to accommodate the movement of goods, including trucks.
While the roads capacities are adequate, the impact analysis also considered the LOS for the traffic operations at the Highway 7 / Line 29 intersection and at the site entrances. Various road improvements were identified (e.g., turning lanes, traffic signals) as mitigation to maintain acceptable traffic operations to beyond 2034 at these locations, assuming full development of the Xinyi lands, the annexed lands and the remaining Wright Industrial Park. Therefore, the proposed road improvement works will address the overall potential traffic impacts that have been identified in our analysis. Phase 1 of the Xinyi development is only a small part of the overall traffic to be generated, with the required road improvement works providing significant reserve capacity to beyond 2034.