October 08, 2013

Plans to build new line to Eilat gain momentum

Written by  Jeremaya Goldberg
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THE $US 5.6bn project to extend the Israeli rail network south to the port of Eilat on the Gulf of Aqaba has received a boost following its approval by the Ministerial Committee for Internal Affairs and Services.

It It has also been decided to electrify the new line. The project is now awaiting approval by the Ministry of Finance so that tenders can be issued.

The new line will be 175km long, however additional tracks to separate freight from passenger trains at the southern end of the route will increase the amount of new railway to be built to 260km. There will be 9.2km of twin-bore tunnels and 63 bridges with a total length of 4.5km. The maximum speed for passenger trains will be 250km/h.

Israel's transport minister, Mr Israel Katz, says he wants to complete the new line within five years.

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