Yemen is planning to construct a railway line to Saudi Arabia at an estimated cost of $3.5bn, according to a report.

The government recently completed the economic and financial study for the project.

The project includes a 729km international line that connects the Yemeni-Saudi border to five cities in Yemen, according to yobserver.com.

The second axis includes an international line to Oman, which extends across the Yemeni-Omani boarders at a length of 766km.

The third axis will consist of a 386km Belhaf-Aden line while the fourth axis will extend from Hazm al-Juf, Marib, Shabwa to Belhaf port on the Arabian Sea at a length of 578km.

The government is also planning to add a fifth axis extending from Sana’a to the Hodeida port on the Red Sea.