Minister of Transportation and Road Safety Yisrael Katz has instructed the ministry’s staff to promote the planning of an extension to the upcoming high-speed railway line from Tel Aviv to Yerushalayim so that it extends into the Old City, near the Kosel, Ynet reports.
As part of the project, an underground stop will be built in the Kosel area.
The extension will involve digging tunnels for two kilometers at a depth of 80 meters. Minister Katz mentioned that the extension should significantly decrease congestion at the Binyanei HaUma railway station, allowing tourists, students, and others to reach the Kosel easily and quickly from central Israel.
The high-speed railway project’s costs are estimated to be about NIS 7 billion. Work on the line is expected to conclude by the end of 2017, Ynet reports.