BAHRAIN (Metro Rail News): This project marks an important milestone as it will provide a fast, comfortable, reliable, stable and modern transportation system for the people of Bahrain, thereby improving living standards.
The Bahraini government has approved the first phase of the metro rail project, the minister announced on Wednesday. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohamed, Minister of Transport and Communications, said the government had decided to proceed with the tender phase following a market consultation event in March. The first phase of the 109km urban travel network will consist of a two-lane highway with an average length of 28.6km and 20 stations and two crosses.
It will be a fully automated, non-driver-friendly operation that starts with about 5,000 passengers per hour with an increase of up to 23,000. In the initial years, passengers are expected to reach 200,000 a day and are expected to grow over a period of time as more commuters may prioritize metro services instead of personal vehicles, the statement said.
The project will go through a two-phase global and competitive bidding process and a qualification application process which may start in November.
The project will be awarded as a tender in a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). The selected partner will implement the project by designing, constructing, funding, operating, maintaining, and transferring the foundation during a 35-year contract. The government will bear the demand risk while the independent partner will receive acquisition-based payments and performance-based deductions and benefits, the statement said. The minister said: “This project marks an important milestone as it will provide a fast, comfortable, reliable, stable and modern transportation system for the people of Bahrain, thereby improving living standards.” The department has appointed a team of financial, technical and legal advisers led by KPMG, Egis and DLA Piper.