Heavy traffic expected on coastal routes as trains close sections of track for a week
Major traffic jams were expected along Israel’s coastal roads from Sunday as Israel Railways closed parts of the Tel Aviv-Haifa line for infrastructure work.
Work to further connect the coastal line with the eastern line, which runs through cities such as Petah Tikva, Kfar Saba and Raanana, will last from Sunday July 24 to Saturday July 30.
Northbound trains will end their journey in Herzliya or Netanya, while southbound trains from Nahariya will stop in Binyamina. Shuttles will run between several central stations and between temporary line terminals. Complete information is available on the Israel Railways website.
With thousands of people now having to travel by road rather than rail, major lockdowns were expected throughout the week.
Israel Railways said the work was intentionally scheduled for the summer period which has relatively less road traffic than usual.
Israelis are increasingly suffering from traffic jams. The concentration of the population in the center of the country, the stagnation of the public transport system and the slow pace of road construction have meant that traffic in Israel is 3.5 times worse than the OECD average, even though the car ownership is relatively low compared to other developed countries.