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Bridging the divide

British engineering firm Arup has been appointed to work on the world’s largest bridge, the 42 km Qatar-Bahrain Friendship Bridge.

Arup will work as the Independent Checking Engineer, becoming the second British firm signed up to the project after Halcrow was awarded the programme management services role in a joint venture with US consultant KBR.

Arup said they will be checking structures, maritime, geotechnics, highways, rail and mechanical and engineering work for the crossing.

Construction of temporary labour camps for some of the 10,000 people set to build the causeway will begin this autumn, with workers housed in both countries.

Work on the £1.86 billion bridge is set to begin next spring.

The road journey time between the two Gulf states is set to be cut to less than 30 minutes, compared to five hours at present via Saudi Arabia.

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