Battle rages over coastal railway line

A battle is shaping up between the city of Haifa and Israel Railways over what to do about electrifying the railway line running along the coastline, reports Yediot Haifa.

By MIRIAM BULWAR DAVID-HAY
October 25, 2007 10:14
1 minute read.

A battle is shaping up between the city of Haifa and Israel Railways over what to do about electrifying the railway line running along the coastline, reports Yediot Haifa. Israel Railways wants to erect electrical poles along the length of the line, but the city says it does not want beach views marred, and the railway line and electricity poles should be sunken into the ground - an idea that would be prohibitively expensive, according to the rail company. According to the report, the National Infrastructure Committee met last week to hear both sides argue their cases. The meeting followed an announcement by Israel Railways of its intention to place electricity poles along all railway lines in Israel. Haifa immediately opposed the idea, saying the poles would cut the beaches off from the city, and suggested sinking the railway lines along the length of the coast. Mayor Yona Yahav told the committee that it should protect the interests of residents and not allow the views or access to the beaches to be harmed. But Israel Railways said sinking the lines would cost an estimated 200 million Euros (about NIS 1 billion), and was "problematic" from an engineering and planning point of view. The company also said that if the line was to be sunk, the city should share in the cost. Yahav, however, said Israel Railways should be entirely responsible for bearing the expense. No date for a decision by the National Committee was reported.


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