[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: It has also been suggested that since Beit Shean
is literally next door to Jordan that the line can be extended to the border
so that container traffic between Jordan and Haifa Port can move over
PM Netanyahu and Transportation Minister Katz Participate in
Cornerstone-Laying Ceremony for the Beit Shean Railway Station
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz,
this afternoon (Sunday, 30 December 2012), participated in the
cornerstone-laying ceremony for the Beit Shean Railway Station.
Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "We have a small country and it needs to be
equal for all of its citizens, from the coastal plain to the expanses of the
Negev and the Galilee. This is not just a physical and economic idea but a
social step of the highest order."
Transportation Minister Katz said, "The Beit Shean station is a significant
milestone in the development of Israel's railway network and in
strengthening the link between the Galilee and the Negev, and the center of
the country. The station will enter operation with the first train in early
2016. Building the station and the railway line are additional proof of the
state's commitment to its citizens and the aspiration to turn us into one
state for one people."
The station is planned to be built on the site of the old station that was
built approximately 120 years ago and will be the easternmost station along
the [Jezreel] Valley Railway Line
>. The other stations will be Lev Hamifrats, Nesher, Kfar Yehoshua, Kfar
>Baruch and Afula. The line will be 60-kilometers long and will
>significantly shorten travel time to Haifa – 51 minutes. Four kilometers'
>worth of bridges will be built along the line as will a one-kilometer long
The Haifa-Beit Shean railway line, which will branch off at the Lev
will cross the Zevulon Valley, the Jezreel Valley and the Beit Shean Valley.
It is part of the Israel Lanes project, which has been led by Prime Minister
Netanyahu and Transportation Minister Katz and which links the periphery to
the center of the country by a network of highways and railway lines at an
overall cost of NIS 27 billion.
Beit Shean Mayor Jacky Levy and other senior officials, as well as Beit
Shean residents, also attended the ceremony.