High-speed electric trains to link Riyadh & Dammam
The high-speed electric trains between Riyadh and Dammam will run at a speed of up to 300kilometres per hour
High-speed electric trains will soon connect Saudi Arabia's Riyadh and Dammam, according to the president of the Saudi Railways Organisation.
The trains will run at a speed of up to 300 kilometres an hour and will be a replica of the Haramain high-speed train between the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, the Saudi Gazette reported.
While, an electric rail is also expected to be established between Riyadh and Kharj.
The current diesel-powered train's speed is 140km/h, which is set to be increased to 160km/h before the end of the year.
Speaking to the Dammam-based Alsharq newspaper on Sunday, Mohammed Al-Suwaiket said: "The speed will further be increased to 180km/h next year, reducing the current travel time of 4 hours, 20 minutes to 3 hours which is the objective we are aiming for.
"We have plans to go electric especially for the railway between Dammam and Riyadh."
Eight new electric locomotives have been put in service and they will be followed by four news ones in less than a month, according to the president.
He said: "We have a comprehensive expansion and development plan for the rail services that will be completed by 2040."
By that year the trains are expected to be transporting all goods which are currently being transported by trucks, including oil and gas.