October 22, 2013

Jerusalem Old City rail link proposed

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ISRAEL's Ministry of Transport, Israel Railways, and the municipality of Jerusalem are reportedly developing plans for a 2.5km extension of the new Tel Aviv – Jerusalem direct line, which is due to open in 2018, to Jerusalem Old City.

According to a report on Globes Online on October 21, the extension would link Binyanei Ha'uma station, which is currently under construction with Mamilla near the Jaffa Gate, and is expected to cost around Shekels 2bn ($US 567m).

The proposals have not yet been formally presented to transport minister Mr Yisrael Katz, and are expected to face opposition from planning authorities in the city, which favour the expansion of the light rail network.

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