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.
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.
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.
TALKS started last month between a group of 20 private companies and the Bahrain government regarding a build, operate, transfer (BOT) scheme to build a 90km, 350km/h railway from the Bahrain capital Manamah to Dammam, Saudi Arabia, which is the terminal of the existing line from Riyadh.