A concession agreement has been signed between Bahrain's Ministry of Transportation and a joint venture of the UK-based National Express and Ahmed Mansoor Al A'Ali to develop the public bus network in the kingdom.
The deal, signed by Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Minister of Transportation and acting CEO of the Economic Development Board, marks a "significant milestone", said advisors KPMG Fakhro and Trowers & Hamlins.
Once fully operational, around 140 buses will run a series of routes connecting most areas of the country, a statement said.
"The joint venture between one of the world's foremost public transport groups and a highly regarded Bahraini company is intended to modernise and develop the bus transport system in Bahrain to meet the needs of an ever-growing economy and population," the statement added.
Mariam Ahmed Jumaan, Ministry of Transportation Undersecretary for Land Transportation and Post, said: "We are very proud of this landmark achievement in the kingdom's land transportation sector, and are confident that when the new system is fully operational, residents and citizens alike will experience a real shift in the level of public bus services.
"The new buses will be equipped with facilities and amenities that will make them more convenient to riders, and the expanded network will ensure that riders have increased mobility for their business and daily needs."
A consortium of KPMG Fakhro, Trowers & Hamlins, and Hyder Consulting advised the Ministry of Transportation on its bid process, selection of preferred bidder and the finalisation of the project documentation.
Abdul-Haq Mohammed, partner at Trowers & Hamlins, added: "This is a major deal and signals Bahrain's intent for bringing best practice to its public transport network. We are very pleased to have helped to bring this project to a successful conclusion."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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