Israel railway will operate night trains between the stations Tel Aviv Savidor and Jerusalem

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by Ifi Reporter Category:Communication Sep 4, 2022

Starting September 17, the railway will operate night trains between the stations Tel Aviv Savidor Merkaz and Jerusalem Yitzhak Navon on Saturdays through Wednesdays. This was announced by the Ministry of Transport. The trains will operate once an hour in each direction, and will also pass through Netavg. On Thursdays, the night trains will operate between the Tel Aviv Savidor Center and Netavg stations only, due to maintenance work in the tunnels of the line to Jerusalem.
In addition, the frequency of trains on the Modiin Center - Jerusalem Yitzhak Navon line will also increase to two trains every hour during peak hours instead of one train every hour. During the weekdays, the hours of operation will be extended until midnight at the Ramla, Mizkeret Batia, Kiryat Malachi Yoav, Kiryat Gat and Lahavim Rahat stations. On Fridays, trains will operate until 2:00 p.m., as well as on Saturday evenings. At the same time, Beer Sheva stations will be closed to service every Saturday night due to electrification works in the city, but shuttles will be operated between Lahavim Rahat station and Beer Sheva stations.
As of Tuesday, the Roshlan-Lod line will return to operation on all days of the week and operating hours. At the same time, six trains will operate at Dimona station on Fridays instead of four, but the station will be closed every night for electrification work.
In the meantime, Israel Railways and the Ministry of Transportation announced that about half of the electrification project was completed, after 500 kilometers of tracks were converted to electrification. At the same time, another electric line between Netanya and Rehovot begins its operation, and is expected to significantly improve the service in the central area. In addition, the hours and days of activity will be extended in the southern part of the coastline from Netanya, as well as at the Lod and Rehovot stations.
It was also reported that due to the electrification works, the frequency of trains on the Mashkelon line through the Sderot, Nativot and Ofakim stations will be reduced to one train every hour, at all hours and days of operation. In addition, the stations will close around 9:30 p.m., and will not operate at all on the weekends until the works are finished. However, an alternative transportation system will be operated at these stations, and public transportation will be thickened.
In view of the electrification works, the Israel Railways stated that changes are expected in train departure times from many stations, and advised passengers to be careful and keep up to date with the updated schedules on the railway's website, in the application or at the call center.
The Minister of Transportation, Merav Michaeli, said: "The trains are coming back - in a big way! As I promised, we were able to advance the completion of some of the electrification works by a few months. With the hard work of Israel Railways and the Ministry of Transportation, train service will return on some of the lines that switched from diesel to electricity already in the coming weeks. We will continue to expand the Operating hours wherever we can, to allow freedom of movement for everyone and more alternatives to the private car. Another important news - the night trains from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem are starting and will make the arrival and return to Israel much more convenient and simple."
The director general of the Ministry of Transportation and Road Safety, Michal Frank, said: "The ministry is investing resources in upgrading the railway network in order to improve service to the public. The deployment of track electrification is essential to ensure fast, quiet, reliable and green trains. The efforts of the railway and the ministry to advance the electrification of the line between Rehovot and Netanya allow us to expand the train service half a year ahead of schedule, and increase the frequency, including at night and on weekends. We are working vigorously with our railway partners to speed up the electrification of the rest of the network."

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