Approximately one-quarter of the new Mecca-Medine Express Railroad, built to accommodate pilgrims from Saudi Arabia, was completed.
Transport Minister Dr Cubara bin Id al-Sureysiri said that under the Harameyn railway project that will connect the cities of Mecca and Medina, the 100 kilometer-long Mecca-Medine Express Railway is laid. The railway line with a total length of 450 is expected to be completed by 2014.
He said that the speed of trains on the Mecca, Jeddah and Medina lines would exceed 300 per hour, and that the travel time between the two holy cities would be only two hours.
Harameyn railway is planned to carry over 3 million passengers per year. The Saudi Railway Organization gave the 9,4 billion-dollar auction for the second phase of the Harameyn project to the Saudi-Spanish Al-Shalya consortium.
The government of Saudi Arabia has awarded a number of infrastructure projects in order to offer better opportunities for increasing pilgrimage and Umrah visitors. MEKKE-MEDİNE EKSPRES RAILWAY project aims to make transportation between holy cities easier and faster and to relieve road traffic. In Mecca, the construction of more than one ring road costing more than 550 million dollars continues.
Source: Show News