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A move against the TAB: the Ministry of Transportation shelved an important project - the traffic jam on Route 1 is expected to be longer | Israel Hayom


The plan to establish hundreds of parking spaces at the entrance to the train station in Beit Shemesh will be canceled • Drivers, mainly from the Gush Etzion area and the surrounding area, will be forced to use the car: "We are being forced to give up the train" • Ministry of Transportation: "We will examine the establishment of a park-and-ride facility in the complex"

Big traffic jam 1 on the way:

The Ministry of Transportation decided to shelve a project to build hundreds of parking spaces at the entrance to the train station in Beit Shemesh, which serves hundreds of residents throughout the area, including Gush Etzion.

The meaning: the move is expected to lead to the increase of many more cars on Highway 1 on the way to Tel Aviv.

This is a large plan in which they asked to build a parking lot north of the existing train station, and where there will be about 300 parking spaces.

Also, a pedestrian bridge was planned to allow the crowds to arrive directly at the train station.

The program, which costs tens of millions of shekels, is supposed to help the crowds who arrive every day to the train and from there continue to the center of the country.

Minister of Transportation Miri Regev, photo: Hadas Proosh/Flash 90

Israel Hayom learned that the Ministry of Transportation decided to cancel the project, out of a desire to direct the budget, amounting to more than NIS 40 million, to other projects.

This is a fatal blow both to the residents of the Gush Etzion area, who arrive by car to the train and from there go to Gush Dan, and to the drivers on Highway 1, who will be joined by hundreds of other cars of those who will be forced to make their way to Tel Aviv by car instead of public transportation.

Reducing dependence on the car

Osnat, a resident of Gush Etzion: "It is very infuriating to find out that the Ministry of Transportation prefers to give up such a plan and force us to travel by car to the center. Even so, the public transportation route that was recently opened on Route 1 significantly reduces the travel routes, and now we are forced to travel by car instead of by train."

The Ministry of Transportation stated: "The ministry is expected to complete this year a master plan for Hana-Vase parking lots, which will provide a response to drivers who wish to use the train, in accordance with the ministry's policy to reduce dependence on private vehicles. We will examine the parking complex near the station as a potential site for establishing a Hana-Vase facility."

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Source: israelhayom

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