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Saudi's Haramain Rail to start operations in 2016

An unnamed official from the Haramain High Speed Railway project team said 35 trains will transport up to two million pilgrims from Makkah next year

Up to 35 trains of Haramain Rail could be operational by 2016.
Up to 35 trains of Haramain Rail could be operational by 2016.

Saudi Arabia’s new high speed railway will begin operating next year and carry up to two million pilgrims to and from Makkah, it has been claimed.

Saudi Gazette quoted an unnamed official from Saudi’s Haramain High Speed Railway project as saying a total of 35 trains will be up and running – reducing the need for hundreds of buses to transport pilgrims between Makkah and Madinah.

The source said: “Works on the railway stations in Madinah and Rabigh have been completed and the works on stations in Makkah and Jeddah are nearing completion.”

Meanwhile, a trial run of a train on the new Madinah to Rabigh leg is in progress, the official added, according to Arabian Business.

 

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