IRJ at Middle East Rail, Dubai: The United Arab Emirates has reaffirmed its commitment to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Railway project, confirming that it will complete its connection to the Saudi network within four years.
TRANSPORT ministers from the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states will meet in the Saudi capital Riyadh next month to discuss a new completion date for the planned 2177km Gulf Railway now that it is recognised that it cannot be completed by 2018.
ETIHAD Rail was granted final safety authorisation on December 10 by the United Arab Emirates Federal Transport Authority (FTA) for the 264km Shah - Habshan - Ruwais line, clearing the way for the start of commercial operations on the first phase of the country's national railway network.
DETAILED engineering and design for the next sections of the 2177km Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) rail network will be completed this year, says Mr Ramiz Al-Assar, senior transport specialist for the Middle East and North Africa with the World Bank's Sustainable Development Department.
The GCC member states are pushing ahead with plans to develop an integrated railway network between Oman and Kuwait. Kevin Smith reports from the GCC Metro and Rail conference in Muscat where the leading lights in the GCC railway industry gathered to discuss progress and the challenges facing this mammoth project.
BAHRAIN is aiming to complete its rail masterplan which includes mainline connections to neighbouring GCC countries Saudi Arabia and Qatar as well as plans for metro, light rail, and monorail systems by the end of the year, the country's minister of transport Mr Kamal Ahmed confirmed this week. These would be the first railways to built in Bahrain with the plans due to be realised by 2030.