Israel plans US$27 billion domestic rail expansion

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Israel has announced plans for a US$27 billion expansion to its rail network that would connect the entire country by high-speed rail (HSR).

The project aims to establish a comprehensive connection between its outlying regions and the bustling urban hub of Tel Aviv. The long-term vision includes extending this railway network to Saudi Arabia. This expansion holds the promise of enabling Israelis to access key government and business centers across the nation within a mere 2-hour journey. The proposed new rail route is designed to link the northern city of Kiryat Shmona with the southern Red Sea haven of Eilat.

In parallel, there are ongoing endeavors to establish road links between the Gulf countries and Israel. This initiative seeks to foster heightened trade activities and cost reduction in shipping via truck transportation. Termed the "land bridge," this envisioned corridor would span between Israel and the UAE, passing through Saudi Arabia and Jordan en route to Israeli Mediterranean ports.

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