Saudi king to open Haramain high-speed rail line on Tuesday

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, will officially inaugurate the Haramain Express high-speed rail line linking Mecca, Jeddah, King Abdullah Economic City and Madinah on Tuesday, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Saudi minister of the Transport Dr. Nabil bin Mohamed al-Amoudi announced the news on Monday extending his thanks to King Salman for his patronage of the inauguration ceremony, as an extension of his sponsorship and unlimited support for all national pilot projects.

The minister added: “This generous care comes as an extension of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ keen attention to transportation projects in our dear homeland. It also represents a live translation of the Kingdom’s efforts and its active Islamic role in serving the two holy mosques and their pilgrims and Umrah pilgrims and as a priority to be honored to serve every Saudi citizen.”

For his part, Chairman of Saudi Public Transport Authority Rumaih bin Mohammed Al Rumaih said The project is the first high-speed electric train in the region, with a length of 450 km, in a double line connecting five stations in Mecca, Jeddah, King Abdul Aziz International Airport, King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh, Madinah, and the operating speed of the train 300 km per hour.

The chairman revealed that the implementation of this giant project has been in 3 stages, the first phase of civil and ground works during which 138 bridges were built, with clearing 150 million cubic meters of sand and rock to open the path, noting that a consortium of national and international companies comprising carried out this phase.

He added: “The second phase was for the construction of 4 stations in Mecca, Jeddah, King Abdullah Economic City and Madinah. This was done through local and international companies. The management of the project was keen on designing the stations with a unique architectural style inspired by the Islamic architecture, while a station in King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah is built to be part of the airport project, with the third phase of the construction of the railway, and the supply of signal systems, control and tickets and communications, manufacturing trains, operation and maintenance for 12 years, through a Spanish alliance specializing in fast trains.”

The chairman of the Public Transport Authority pointed out that to provide electricity to operate the project, six electric power stations were created along the track, providing the electric power necessary to operate trains at the highest speed.

He added that the capacity of the train of the Mecca and Madinah reach 60 million passengers annually, through a fleet of 35 trains, and the capacity of each train is 417 seats, equipped with the latest amenities and techniques that will facilitate the traveler’s journey.

The inauguration ceremony will be attended by a host of local and international officials, a wide range of Islamic figures, decision makers, senior investors and representatives of the operators of the Al Haramain train project.