TRANS Israel, the company overseeing the Haifa-Nazareth tram-train project, has selected Minrav for a contract worth Shekels 100m ($US 29.6m) to design and build a station at Nof HaGalil, as part of the “Nofit” tram-train project.

The 41km Nofit line, with 20 stations, will connect the Haifa, Krayot and Nof HaGalil-Nazareth areas, improving transport options in the north of Israel.

The contract includes the construction of a 200m-long tunnel for two light rail tracks, along with a pedestrian bridge over the nearby Route 75 highway to connect Nof HaGalil station with nearby government offices. The project also includes the construction of roads, service roads, pavements, a bicycle path and drainage.

Minrav is part of one group that has been shortlisted for a contract worth between Shekels 3bn and Shekels 4bn to finance, design, build and operate the Nofit line. The shortlisted groups are:

  • group 1: Dan Bus (Israel), CREC (China), Pesa (Poland), Shenyang (China), ATM (Italy)
  • group 2: Shapir (Israel), CAF (Spain), Keren Noy (Israel)
  • group 3: Minrav (Israel), Electra (Israel), Alstom (France), Allied (Israel)
  • group 4: Comsa (Spain), Globalvia (Spain), Transmashholding (Russia), Lesico (Israel)
  • group 5: Meir (Israel), Afkon (Israel), CRRC (China), and
  • group 6: Shikun u Binu (Israel), Egged Transportation (Israel), Stadler (Switzerland), Hitachi (Japan), Texmaco (India), Downer (Australia).

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