In setback for green groups, bridge approved for TA-J'lem line

The Committee for Fundamental Planning Issues voted 12 to three to support a bridge over the Yitla Gorge along the planned Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high speed rail line on Tuesday. It was a setback for green groups that have been pushing for a tunnel instead, which they say will minimize the damage to the Judean Hills Reserve. Israel Railways has said that a tunnel would be vastly more expensive and time consuming on a project which is already running behind schedule. The green groups dispute that assertion.