Bahrain plans massive transport system overhaul
Manama, July 9, 2014
A total of 600 stations will be constructed as part of an ambitious strategy to expand Bahrain's public transport network.
The project has been awarded to TrueForm, a UK-based company specialised in designing, manufacturing, installing and integrating intelligent transport systems, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
It will cover 75 per cent of commuters' needs, up from a mere 30 per cent at present.
"Demolition and reconstruction of transport stations is the first cornerstone in the multi-phased project," Transport Minister and Economic Development Board acting chief executive Kamal Ahmed said yesterday.
He pointed out that work on the project would start in January next year to ensure a modern transportation infrastructure for the new public bus operator.
The plan which aims at developing public transport services, features short and mid-term schemes in line with the Bahrain Economic Vision 2030.
"Public transport services will not be modernised unless we overhaul the infrastructure that supports this key sector and cover different areas," the minister said.
Under-Secretary for Land Transportation and Post Mariam Ahmed Jamaan stressed the importance of the agreement and said it would ensure quality services for commuters.
The ministry is also pinning hopes on the new project to ease traffic congestion and reduce exhaust gas emissions.
The ministry will co-ordinate with the General Directorate of Traffic and Works Ministry to avert inconvenience to road users. - TradeArabia News Service