Delayed Saudi-Bahrain rail link study due in March

The project had been scheduled for completion last year.
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A study by Canadian engineering consultancy SNC Lavalinon on a railway connecting Bahrain and Saudi Arabia is expected to be completed by the end of March, reports Saudi Gazette.

Two routes have been proposed for an 87-km-long rail link that will connect two stations on either side of the water. The project was scheduled for completion last year.

Transportation Ministry land transport and postal affairs under-secretary Mariam Ahmed Jumaan said Bahrain had faced issues with a number of proposed routes due to its dense urban landscape.

At the two-day GCC Rail and Metro Conference, which took place in Oman this week, Jumaan said the Bahrain station would be built on reclaimed land and connect under a second phase to the country's port and airport.

It could potentially connect with a proposed causeway linking Bahrain and Qatar. The first phase will connect Saudi Arabia.

The rail link is expected to be part of a larger GCC railway network that is planned to extend throughout the Gulf.

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