Impression of interurban light rail stop at Government City (Kiryat Hamemshala) in Nazareth

ISRAEL: Project promoter Trans Israel has issued invitations to tender for the concession to finance, design and build the railway systems and rolling stock for the 41 km Nofit interurban light rail line between Haifa and Nazareth, and to operate the future services for 25 years.

The contract is worth an estimated 3bn shekels, including the supply of more than 30 vehicles.

Six prequalified bidders were announced earlier this year. They are:

  • Dan Bus (Israel), CREC (China), Pesa (Poland), Shenyang (China) and ATM (Italy);
  • Shapir (Israel), CAF (Spain), Keren Noy (Israel);
  • Minrav (Israel), Electra (Israel), Alstom (France), Allied (Israel);
  • Comsa (Spain), Globalvia (Spain), Transmashholding (Russia), Lesico (Israel);
  • Meir (Israel), Afkon (Israel), CRRC and CRCC (China);
  • Shikun u Binu (Israel), Egged (Israel), Stadler (Switzerland), Hitachi (Japan), Texmaco (India), Downer (Australia).

Bids are to be submitted by the end of 2022, with the winner to be announced during 2023.

The main civil works contracts were awarded in 2020 through a separate procurement process.