Plans revealed for expansion of Saudi rail network

SRO president announces details of four upcoming rail line projects

Four new lines are to be constructed as part of the expansion.
Four new lines are to be constructed as part of the expansion.

Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO) has unveiled its expansion plans for the country’s rail network.

They include a railway line between Jeddah and Jazan and another line that will connect Taif with the Asir region.

“We have drafted a strategic plan for railway expansion spanning 9,900km and 19 railway lines. We are now in the process of upgrading the plan,” said Mohammed bin Khaled Al-Suwaiket, president of SRO.

He said the dual line between Jeddah and southern Jazan would run for 660km, passing through Shuaiba, Al-Laith, Madhleef, Qunfudah, Amq, Barak, Qahma, Shuqaiq and Sabya.

The Jeddah-Jazan line would be linked with the landbridge project that connects Riyadh with the Red Sea port city, he added.

Speaking through his Twitter account, Al-Suwaiket explained that the Taif-Abha line on the eastern part of the Sarawat mountains would be 700km long and pass through Mawiya, Kharma, Bisha and Khamis Mushayt.

“The plan also includes another railway line linking Al-Kharj with Asir and Najran,” he added.

This third line will pass by major cities and principalities in the region, including Houtat Bani Tameem, Aflaj, Sulail, Tathlith and Khamis Mushayt.

Another line will be constructed from Sulail to reach Najran, he said.

“We will coordinate with governorates in different regions to identify suitable routes for the railway lines,” he added.

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