Engineering works are complete on the Negev Railway, which will connect the southern coastal city of Ashkelon to Beersheba, Israel Railways announced on Monday.
The Negev Railway, which is slated to open to passengers in September, is a double 70-km. track connecting Ashkelon and Beersheba, with stops along the way in Sderot, Netivot and Ofakim. The NIS 2 billion train line will be operating every day, with about 25 trains running in each direction, a statement from Israel Railways said.
"The Negev Railway is first and foremost a Zionist project," said Boaz Tzafrir, CEO of Israel Railways. "The direct rail connection between Ashkelon and Beersheba, by way of Sderot, Netivot and Ofakim, will expand employment in the South, attract young couples and improve the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of residents of the South.