The French Government has proposed the construction of two additional light rail lines in Tel Aviv, Israel, for a total estimated budget of ILS30bn ($8.5bn).
The two additional lines include the Green Line that will run from Herzliya to Holon and the Purple Line from Kiryat Ono through Tel Hashomer, to Tel Aviv.
The Israeli Government is also planning to award two additional lines, the Yellow Line and the Blue Line, to the French franchisee, with NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd likely to serve as a key project partner.
Israel Transport Minister Yisrael Katz said: "The French Government is interested in being involved in building the Tel Aviv-Gush Dan light rail and metro network.
"I’ll listen to the proposal with the management of NTA, which is responsible for the project, and we’ll consider the legal aspects. They made a similar proposal 40 years ago, but we made no response, which may have been a mistake."
The governments of both the countries are currently considering entering into an agreement, under which a French consortium will be given approval for the construction of the rail lines, if finalised.
Under the potential plan, the Green Line would be built at an estimated cost of ILS17bn ($4.8bn), while the Purple Line has been proposed to cost of ILS13bn ($3.6bn).
If an agreement is reached between both the parties, the French would be involved in the construction, financing, and operation of the light rail lines.
"They have extensive and critical experience," said Katz. "Obviously, we’ll insist that most of the workers be Israelis."