Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have agreed to commission a private sector-led feasibility study of proposals for a second causeway linking the two countries.
State news agencies BNA and SPA reported that Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa had signed the deal at the weekend.
The proposed new causeway would run parallel to the King Fahd Causeway and aim to alleviate traffic pressure on the existing road link.
Arabian Business reported last year that plans for a second causeway including both road and rail infrastructure had been escalated due to current high levels of congestion on the King Fahd Causeway.
In an interview last October, Kamal Bin Ahmed, Bahrain’s minister of transportation and telecommunications, said “it made economic sense” for a new causeway to combine road and rail access to eliminate the need to build two costly bridges.
The proposed new causeway would be named after the Bahraini monarch – as King Hamad Causeway – Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The two rulers described the agreement as a “milestone” in progressing long awaited plans and evidence of “strong fraternal relations” between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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