The operators of the Huron Central Railway are extending their drop-service deadline until June 30, 2021.

According to the Northern Business Journal, Genesee & Wyoming Canada are citing progress in negotiations with the provincial and federal governments to defer their end of service date, which was scheduled for December 18th.

The Montréal-based short line railroader hauls freight along the 278-kilometre line between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury.

The company said it will continue working with all stakeholders on its co-investment proposal to rehabilitate the railway.

The spur plays a major role in import and export for three major companies; EACOM in Nairn Centre, the Domtar Mill in Espanola and the steel industry in Sault Ste. Marie.