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Kuwait to move ahead with Metro Rail project

Kuwait is moving ahead with its new metro rail system, and the company in-charge of the first phase of the project has announced that it will begin procurement shortly.

The Kuwait Metropolitan Rapid Transit System Project (KMRT), stretching 160kms will have 69 stations along three lines, and is worth $7bn.

The statement provided by the Partnerships Technical Bureau (PTB), said a government committee has recently signed off a feasibility study into the Metro.

The PTB said it would shortly be issuing an expression of interest for procurement of Integrated Rolling Stock and Systems. The firm will offer rolling stock and systems for all five phases of the metro. PTB is now focusing on the first phase of the project, including the rail stretching 50kms, with 28 new stations, 30 percent of which will be underground.

The timeline for beginning of construction work on the project is yet to be announced, although it is expected to begin in 2013.

The GCC states are planning cross-country railway systems that will eventually be linked to offer an entire infrastructure across the six nations. The first train on the UAE’s Shah Habshan-Ruwais railway will begin running around 2013, while Qatar will go ahead with plans to build metro system in Doha. Saudi Arabia is also moving ahead, extending its already substantial rail network.

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