A closer integration between the transport markets of the Mediterranean will make transport connections faster, cheaper and more efficient to the benefit of citizens and businesses.
The “North-South corridor”, from the Syrian Border to the Port of Aqaba (509 km), is the main rail line of this proposed network, connecting the national capital of Amman, the surrounding logistics centres, and the nation’s gateway port of Aqaba. The North‐South Line, which has been identified as the regional component of the Jordanian Railway Network, is of utmost relevance for the future Trans-Mediterranean Transport Network.
As the corridor is the backbone of the project, the links to the neighbouring countries are foreseen for later stages. Through the project, the connection of the region to Turkey and Europe, on one hand, and to the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, on another hand, will be realized.
The corridor includes a rail link between Aqaba Port and the country’s largest phosphate mine of Shidiya, which is currently in operation. Construction of this first phase of the project is expected to start in late 2013. Once finished, phosphate will be transferred directly from Shidiya Mine to the proposed Wadi Yutum station and to the new South Terminal of the Port of Aqaba.
In the second phase, the planned construction of the new Standard Gauge rail section between the new South Terminal of Aqaba Port up to the border with Syria, will be completed.
The realization of the North-South corridor is expected to be finished in 2020.
The project’s outcome will have a multiplying effect for the rest of the Mediterranean region and for Europe as a whole, enabling increased mobility of the populations, facilitating international freight flows and business opportunities.
The Union for the Mediterranean aims to achieve a balanced approach towards road and railway transport, as well as synergies between the Maghreb and Mashreq regions, through the two projects “Completion of the Central Section of the Trans-Maghreb Motorway Axis” and the “Jordanian Railway Network”.
About the promoter
The “Jordanian Railway Network” project is promoted by the Ministry of Transport of Jordan