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Work on Acre-Carmiel rail line begins in Israel [free access]

March 23, 2011

Israel has started work on the 23-km Acre-Carmiel rail line. The line, involving a cost of USD790.9 million, includes two new train stations at Moshav Ahihud in the Western Galilee and at the entrance to Carmiel, and construction of bridges and tunnels. Bridges will be built over the Na’aman and Hilazon streams, diverting the latter over the course of 900 m, and raising Highway 4 for a length of 1.2 km above the planned train tracks. The rail line will be laid parallel to Highway 85, linking Acre and Carmiel in the northern part of the country.


Once the new line is laid, trains will be able to run at a speed of 160 km/hour. Train services between the cities are expected to start in five years.