A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the UK and Israel to share expertise on large-scale rail projects.
It follows the launch of negotiations in July to upgrade the existing and overarching UK-Israel trade deal, currently worth £5 billion and supporting some 6,600 UK companies.
Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps said it would lead to an international extension of the skills and technical experience acquired from the opening of London’s Elizabeth line in May.
As well as enabling British engineers to team up with companies abroad, via the Department for Transport’s Crossrail International advisory company, it is hoped the deal will also improve access to major public sector contracts for UK businesses.
Israel is said to be the UK’s third largest transport goods trading partner, with some £144 million worth of transport services imported to these shores in 2021.
Shapps added: “This MoU is a fantastic opportunity for our British engineers to share their ingenuity with Israel as they undertake their largest ever rail project in Tel Aviv.”