Experts to study proposals for Bahrain-Saudi rail link



Bahrain experts will begin studying proposals of the Saudi-Bahrain railway project by the middle of next year, said a minister.

It is part of the GCC railway project, which according to reports is expected to cost $15.5 billion.

“Bahrain is looking forward to the GCC railway project and the Qatar-Bahrain causeway,” said Transport Minister and Economic Development Board chief executive Kamal Ahmed.

However, he said it was “premature” to get into the details of the rail link, which according to proposed plans would be built parallel to the King Fahad Causeway.

“We will be sending out our team by the middle of next year to review the Saudi-Bahrain railway project,” he added.

The minister was speaking during a luncheon yesterday, organised by the Bahrain-India Society and held at the Zahle Lebanese Restaurant, Gulf Hotel.

He also spoke of the BD3 billion public transport network, including Light Rail Transport, a monorail, trams and a Bus Rapid Transport system. The proposed three-stage plan is expected to be completed by 2030.