Japanese offering to build Ashdot (Port) - Ela high-speed rail

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Japanese offering to build Ashdot (Port) - Ela high-speed rail
Posted by daveklepper on Monday, May 21, 2018 2:50 PM

A Japanese consortium is negotiating  with the MOT in Israel to build a high speed train from near Eilat to Ashdod.

 
The Japanese will build the system, {they say 2 years}, and run High Speed trains -only containers- , to Europe from the Indian Ocean. 
They want to bypass the Suez Canal.
 
They want exclusive use of this rail from midnight to 6 am.
 
At other times they will allow Israel rail to use the tracks.
 
Among other things they are suggesting to also build a number of retirement and vacation villages -along this track-and develop the Negev.
 
The appropriate Israeli ministries are interested, but actin
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Posted by MidlandMike on Monday, May 21, 2018 6:54 PM

Is the Suez Canal nearing capacity?

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 1:42 AM

No, but the transit fees are oretty high from what I understand.

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Posted by Gramp on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 1:51 PM

Might the service play a role similar to the Panama Canal Railroad; transshipping/sorting cargo boxes to allow more efficient use of ships, and provide better shipping options?

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 8:35 AM

That appears to be the purpose.

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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Thursday, May 24, 2018 3:59 PM

Google Maps shows the highway between those locations going through Be'er Sheva. Isn't that where you live? Or go to frequently. 

It's also the southern end of the Israel Railways map line. How would this new line afect that?

 

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Posted by CMStPnP on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 1:09 PM

Where is the money comming from?

............"Show me the money!"

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