14/05/2009 00:00 AST

Bahrain expects a study for its 3.06bn Bahraini dinar ($8.12bn) rail plan to be completed by September 2010 as the Gulf Arab island seeks to ease congestion, a ministry of works official said yesterday.

Bahrain envisages building the 184km network in three phases by 2030, when the population is expected to double to two million, Kadhim Abdullatif, chief of traffic planning and studies at the ministry’s roads and design directorate, told a railways conference in Dubai.

Gulf Arab states are spending more than $100bn on railway projects to ease congestion as they face poor public transport networks and growing populations, according to London-based MEED magazine.

German railway operator Deutsche Bahn signed a deal last year to help design a multi-billion dollar rail network in Qatar that includes links to the Bahrain-Qatar Causeway, one of the world’s longest bridges.

Bahrain’s planned rail system will include a mix of light rail trains, monorails, trams and other systems.


Reuters

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