Train Work Finished Ahead of Schedule

YERUSHALAYIM -

Israeli commuters received good news on Sunday morning — that they would be spared two more days of inconvenience as work on Israel Railways infrastructure was completed ahead of schedule, Globes reported.

The three Tel Aviv railway stations that were out of commission last week resumed normal operation on Sunday morning, 48 hours ahead of schedule. The three stations are University, Savidor-Central, and Hashalom.

The announcement marks the end to a period of unusually heavy congestion on the roads. Tens of thousands of travelers, many of them soldiers returning to their bases from weekend leave, will be able to take the train again.

Supplementary bus service compensated reasonably well for the train disruptions, and the Ministry of Transport and Israel Railways will be taking that into consideration in planning for the next series of closures, scheduled for the end of this year and another next year.

Those closures will be ordered to enable Israel Railways to carry out work in preparation for the opening of the new Tel Aviv-Yerushalayim rapid rail link and for electrification of the rail system.