IT glitch closes Saudi-Bahrain causeway

Commuters left stranded after King Fahd Causeway shuts for two-and-a-half hours

The King Fahd Causeway connects Saudi Arabia to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The King Fahd Causeway connects Saudi Arabia to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Commuters were left stranded after the causeway that connects Saudi Arabia with Bahrain was forced to close for two-and-a-half hours following a computer glitch, it was reported.

According to English language Arab News, the 25km long King Fahd Causeway temporarily closed to traffic on Thursday. It is the only road link between island state Bahrain and the rest of the Arabian Peninsula.

“There was a failure in the computer system and we have now sorted out the problem,” Mualla Al-Otaibi, media affairs supervisor at Causeway Passports, told the newspaper.

Arab News cited commuters saying that they had opted to turn their cars around head back into Saudi Arabia after a wait of several hours.

Meanwhile, Bahrain’s Gulf Daily News reported that a revised design for a 40km road bridge between the Gulf state and Qatar is almost ready, almost 12 years after the project was initially mooted.

The $2.9bn project, which is now due to be ready before the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, is likely to have four vehicle lanes and two railway links, the newspapers said.

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