Plans to build railway tracks parallel to the King Fahd Causeway, linking Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, are being studied, according to Bahrain minister of Transport HE Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed.
The governments of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia appointed five firms to look into the establishment of a track-bearing bridge which would connect major ports between the two countries. The GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) have already approved the link which will fit into the Gulf-wide $10bn, 2,117km Gulf Railway network which is scheduled for completion in 2018. The project aims to strengthen socio-economic and political ties among GCC member states and citizens.It is hoped that the new Bahrain-Saudi Arabia track will burden of trucks on the King Fahd Causeway, minimise trade costs between the nations with new storage facilities placed along the route, and prove more economical than transport by sea.
Dr Ramiz Al Assar Senior Advisor to the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Eng. Mohammed K. Al-Suwaiket, H.E. President of Saudi Railways Organisation, will be among the delegates participating in one-to-one meetings at International Rail Infrastructure and Technology Summit (IRITS) 2013. which takes place in Berlin on 6-8 November 2013. For further information, visit www.irits.org.