The Kingdom of Bahrain will launch a tender for the construction of its new lightrail network in the first quarter of 2023. The Bahrain Metro project, as the endeavour is called, will be implemented in four phases and will reach 109 kilometres upon completion.A host of companies took part in the pre-qualification tender for phase one of the project, which closed in May. Participants included Alstom, Hyundai Engineering, Orascom of Egypt and the China Railway Group. Phase one, with a forecast capacity of 43,000 passenger per day, calls for the construction two lines and 20 stations across a distance of 29 kilometres.The winning developer will carry out the work on a Design, Build, Finance, Operate, Maintain, Transfer basis for a contract period of 35 years. Phase one of the project is expected to cost around 2 billion euros. According to the ministry, the Bahrain Metro project is intended to reduce the number of cars on the road, so that traffic density and pollution will decrease. A total of four lines are planned, named red, green, yellow and blue. Of the planned 109 kilometres of track, 30 kilometres will be elevated. Bahrain aims to use driverless trains for the metro operations.