Rail officials to assess GCC Rail delay on Oct. 15

Authorities working on rail across GCC countries will meet later this month to check whether GCC Rail will need to delay its 2018 completion deadline

GCC Rail is scheduled to link all six GCC member states by 2018.
GCC Rail is scheduled to link all six GCC member states by 2018.

Rail leaders from across the GCC will convene on 15 October, 2015, to gauge progress on the GCC Rail network to decide whether the project's completion date must be delayed. 

The railway network, due for completion by 2018, will span 2,100km, and link all six GCC member states. 

The UAE's under-construction Etihad Rail, spanning 1,200km, is due for completion in 2018.

UAE Minister of Public Works, Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, said the UAE has already constructed 264km, from the border of Oman to Saudi Arabia.

According to Gulf News, Nuaimi added: “The UAE plans to support and develop sustainable transport by providing a comprehensive mass transport system, including rail, tram and Metro line to link the UAE cities.

"Such developments of the country’s mass transport system will help reduce traffic and help in protecting the environment,” he added.

Al Nuaimi also said policies have been put in place to encourage the use of public transport, including dedicated bus lanes, paid parking lots and dedicated pedestrian areas. 

“The development of sustainable transport in the UAE will be a major qualitative and quantitative addition to the region’s transport sector,” Al Nuaimi said. 

He also noted that the Federal Transport Authority is overseeing safety standards and regulations relating to sustainable transport solutions within the country.

The designs have already been finalised and have been presented to the UAE cabinet, the report added. 

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