Consultants have submitted bids to carry out a feasibility study for a planned railway between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. The bids are currently under evaluation.

The line will run parallel to King Fahd Causeway and will eventually feed into the wider 2,177-kilometre GCC rail network that is expected to connect all the GCC states in the coming years.

The Saudi-Bahrain rail project is being led by the King Fahd Causeway Authority in coordination with the Bahrain Transport Ministry. Three other government entities are also part of the project committee. These are Bahrain’s Finance Ministry, and Saudi Arabia’s transport and finance ministries.

Initial plans envisaged that the Saudi-Bahrain connection will be 90km long and is estimated to cost about $5bn.

The rail link will help to alleviate traffic on the existing highly congested King Fahd Causeway.