Train for pilgrims’ Makkah–Madinah travel by end of 2016

A MakkahMetro train passes over Muslim pilgrims' heads towards Mina ahead of the hajj main ritual at Mount Arafat outside Makkah. (File photo: AP)

Buses will no longer be used for transporting pilgrims to and fro Makkah and Madinah when the Haramain Highspeed Railway commences operation by December next year, according to an official of the Haramain Railway project.

The official said that a total of 35 trains will be used to transport two million pilgrims, in addition to millions of Umrah pilgrims.

“Works on the railway stations in Madinah and Rabigh have been completed and the works on stations in Makkah and Jeddah are nearing completion,” he said adding that trial run of train on Madinah–Rabigh sector is in progress.

This article first appeared in the Saudi Gazette on Sept. 28, 2015.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46