Bahrain is set to expand its domestic transport infrastructure network, utilizing extensive multinational funding to relieve chronic congestion on its road network, according to a report.
Valued at up to $2 billion, the metro project in 2019 is expected to reach a total length of 109 km and to be built over a four year period, stated Fitch Solutions Macro Research in its 2019 review for Bahrain.
In seeking to develop a large-scale metro project, Bahrain will be following the footsteps of GCC peers like the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, each of whom has similarly inaugurated metro projects as a means of facilitating economic diversification, it stated.
In September, it was announced that the tender for the construction of a bridge project connecting Saudi Arabia and Bahrain is scheduled to be launched after six months. The project, known as King Hamad Causeway, is estimated to cost between $3 billion and $4 billion and includes a rail line for the GCC network as well as vehicular lanes.
Project execution will start by mid-2021, with completion due in three years, stated the report.
The new passenger terminal at Bahrain International Airport which is due to open in 2019, will have a built-up area of 207,000 sqm and will include a 4,600 sqm departure hall, 104 check-in counters, 36 passport control booths and 24 security checkpoints.
The expansion work at the Airport, which reportedly would boost the airport’s annual capacity from 4mn passengers currently to 17 million, will be completed by 2019.
These developments will enable Bahrain to cater for more flights, such as the new KLM Dreamliner service between Amsterdam and Bahrain and an expanding range of flights from FlyNas Airlines to and from Saudi Arabia, said the report.
Fitch Solutions said Bahrain had invested heavily in its road network over the recent years and has a well-developed highway system and is linked to Saudi Arabia by the King Fahd Causeway.
Work on the Halat Bu Maher development project at Muharraq is progressing on schedule with completion expected by end-July 2019. The Block 216 development project is part of the ministry’s comprehensive plans to modernize the country’s old streets.
The project includes the construction of main streets and the organization of intersections between B roads.
Also the project for widening of Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Avenue between Roundabout 6 in Hamad Town and Wali Al Ahd Avenue in Bahrain, through the addition of an extra lane, is also progressing well, stated Fitch Solutions in its 2019 review.
The project’s scope includes the installation of ground channels for future infrastructure initiatives, new traffic signals, lights and new road markings, it added.
Source Credit: TradeArabia