KSA-Bahrain causeway feasibility award imminent

Company expected to reach decision on project?s location by July 2014

The new Saudi to Bahrain rail causeway is expected to run parallel to the existing King Fahd causeway.
The new Saudi to Bahrain rail causeway is expected to run parallel to the existing King Fahd causeway.

Bahraini Transport Minister Kamal Bin Ahmad has told Asharq Al-Awsat that the company chosen to carry out the feasibility study for the planned Saudi Arabia to Bahrain causeway rail link will be announced next week.

The company will be responsible for deciding the precise location of the causeway, with a decision on its route expected to be reached by July 2014.

Bin Ahmad said the new causeway, which will be part of a larger regional Gulf railway network project, is expected to run parallel to the existing King Fahd Causeway and that both Saudi Arabia and Bahrain expect to have a complete picture of the project by the end of next year.

The minister clarified that a team composed of five parties, including the Saudi transport and finance ministries, their Bahraini counterparts, and the King Fahd Causeway Authority have completed a series of private negotiations with consultants.

Ahmad said he considered the Gulf railway project to be one of the most important regional cooperative projects being implemented by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

According to the minister, GCC leaders have set the end of 2018 as the deadline for the completion of the railway causeway between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

The minister underlined that significant progress has been made in studies regarding how the causeway will link with pre-existing railway networks in Bahrain, adding that the network would link into the Saudi railway network via Dammam.

Plans for the 1,348-mile long Gulf railway network envisage the line starting in Kuwait City, then passing through Dammam, Bahrain, Doha, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, and finally reaching Sohar and Muscat in Oman.

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