A train service from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has been delayed due to technical problems, with the company stating that it will be delayed at least two days, due to the construction of a new tunnel in the Jerusalem region.

On Friday, the Israeli Railways said that it had received information that a train from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem would arrive at Tel Aviv around noon Friday, but that it would take about two and a half days to reach Jerusalem.

The delay is a major setback for the service, which has been operating at a reduced capacity of only three trains per day.

In February, the Jerusalem Municipality said it would require all trains to be stopped at Tel-Bait el-Nahrawiya in the central West Bank, a decision that had caused an outcry and raised concerns about the safety of the service.