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Monday, March 07, 2011

Railroad to connect Haifa to Jordan

The government was scheduled to publish its first tender today for a rail connection that will eventually reach across the country from Haifa to the Jordanian border.
A year after the Israel National Roads Company Ltd. was given the task of handling construction of the new Jezreel Valley railway line, as part of the Netivei Israel plan, the first tender for the project will be published today. The tender is for the construction of a 6.5-kilometer stretch of the line between Kfar Baruch near Migdal Ha'Emek, and Nahal Adashim near Afula.

This is the first railway tender that the National Roads Company is responsible for. The value of the tender is lower than the subsequent tenders for the Jezreel Valley railway, which are due to be published later this year. However, sources inform ''Globes'' that Danya Cebus Ltd. (TASE: DNYA), Shikun u'Binui Solel Boneh Building and Infrastructure Ltd., and Shafir Civil and Marine Engineering Ltd. plan to bid in the tender, and that other large contractors are also considering participation.

The estimated cost of the Jezreel Valley railway is NIS 4 billion (out of the NIS 27.5 billion budget allotted for the Netivei Israel plan last year). The railway is scheduled to be completed in 2016. The new line will parallel the historic railway line.

The Jezreel Valley railway will run 60 kilometers from Haifa to the Sheikh Hussein Bridge over the Jordan River in the Beit She'an Valley. The railway is due to continue to Irbid in Jordan, where it will link with the Jordanian railway system. Incoming Israel Ports Development & Assets Company Ltd. chairman Meir Dagan, the former head of the Mossad, is responsible for cooperation with the Jordanian government.
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During the Ottoman period, there was a railway that ran from Haifa to Damascus. That's the Haifa station pictured at the top of this post.

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At 2:42 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Given the current volatility in Jordan and how much they hate Israel and Jews there, something tells me that line will never be built.

What could go wrong indeed


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