Plans for a new interurban tram-train route between Haifa and Nazareth have been given the go-ahead by Israel’s National Council for Design and Construction.
Due to open in 2023, the route will cover 43km (27 miles) (36km/22 miles interurban, 7km/4.3 miles urban) and serve 26 stations, nine with park-and-ride facilities. A 32-strong fleet of 52m trams will be required for the service, each accommodating 300 passengers and running at speeds of up to 100km/h (60mph) on the interurban sections.
Estimated to cost ILS5.9bn (EUR1.5bn), the new line will begin at the Hamifratz Central Station in Haifa, running parallel to the Haifa suburban bypass road and continuing eastwards towards and through Nazareth before reaching a new terminus at Hamusakhim Junction.
Cross Israel Highway Company has been assigned as project manager for the scheme and will now hold responsibility for the tendering process.