Passenger trains on southern portions of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem and Tel Aviv-Be’er Sheva lines will be suspended starting Friday for a week, inclusive, to allow for infrastructure work, Israel Railways announced Tuesday. The closure will affect both Jerusalem stations, Beit Shemesh, Dimona, both Be’er Sheva stops, Lehavim-Rahat and Kiryat Gat.
Shuttle services will transport travelers between the Lehavim, Kiryat Gat and Tel Aviv stations in both directions according to regularly scheduled train times, and between Beit Shemesh and Lod. Bus companies have said they would increase services between Be’er Sheva and Tel Aviv to compensate for the station closures.
The infrastructure improvements are part of Israel Railways’ “Be’er Sheva in 50 minutes” project, which promises to dramatically reduce transportation time between the Negev city and Tel Aviv.