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GCC railway project faces further delays- official
27 March 2017
The start date for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) railway project, which aims to link the trade bloc's six member states, has been pushed back two years to 2020, a senior GCC official told a local newspaper.
The re-scheduling of the project execution is due to technical and infrastructural delays, rather than political or financial causes, Abdul Rahim Al Naqi, secretary general of the Federation of GCC Chambers, told Arabic newspaper Al Eqtisadiyah.
He said the first phase of the project would start with linking individual cities within each country, with the railway network connecting all six GCC states coming in at a later stage.
Bahrain has recently picked an international company to execute the project and produce proposal documents on the planned routes, Al Naqi confirmed, adding that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman have advanced with their portions of the project.
Last week, Zawya Projects reported that Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE's federal rail network, has updated the network design. The revised design, a copy of which was obtained by Zawya Projects, shows additional freight lines as well as passenger lines that were not included in earlier versions of the map.
In January 2016, Etihad Rail said it was suspending the second phase of federal rail network, which connects the UAE to Saudi Arabia and Oman, until after an investment review.
(Reporting by Nada al-Rifai)
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