GCC railway link worth $15.4bn
Posted on the Gulf Daily News of Bahrain http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/ dated Saturday, 28 February 2015.
MANAMA: The overall cost of the planned inter GGC states railway infrastructure is estimated to top $15.4 billion.
“The strategic artery will link Kuwait and Bahrain through Dammam, in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, via the planned King Hamad Causeway,” Bahrain Transportation and Telecommunications Minister Kamal Ahmed said in response to a question by MP Adel Asoomi.
Another section will link Dammam to Qatar and a third section will link Saudi Arabia to Abu Dhabi and Al Ain in the UAE before reaching the terminal in Sohar, Oman. Qatar and Bahrain will be linked by the planned multi-million friendship causeway.
The overall cost of the planned GCC railway infrastructure is estimated to top $15.4 billion, according to a report.
It was also reported back in January 2015 that at least three train stations will be built in Bahrain that will be connected to the GCC railway network and that Bahrain will be connected to the grid through a station in Dammam, and via the King Fahad Causeway to Kuwait, Qatar and north west of Saudi Arabia, said a report in the Gulf Daily News.
The ‘bq magazine’ http://www.bqdoha.com/ reports that the GCC member states are undertaking massive and transformative rail investments in a bid to boost freight and passenger capacity. The new 2,177 km long rail network will run down the Gulf coast from Kuwait, through Saudi Arabia, to the UAE and Oman, with branches linking Bahrain and Qatar, and it is anticipated to be operational in 2018. The planned GCC Railway, represents the most ambitious aspect of the region’s railway infrastructure plans, and it includes Doha Metro, and the Qatar Railway in Qatar; the Rapid Transport Network in Bahrain, the Riyadh Light Rail, Saudi Landbridge Rail, Jubail Railway, Jeddah Monorail and Mecca Metro in Saudi Arabia; Etihad Rail and Abu Dhabi Metro in the UAE; Metro and National Rail of Kuwait; as well as Oman Railway.
The full version can be read in the February 2015 issue of ‘bq magazine’ at http://www.bqdoha.com/2015/02/building-gcc-infrastructure