Haramain train to test run in Jeddah in mid 2016
The train will be linked to the Makkah metro to provide pilgrims with easy and fast transportation to the holy sites
The Haramain high speed train, which is currently undergoing test runs between Madinah and Rabigh, will begin its trial run from the main station in Jeddah mid-2016, according to sources.
Sources told Saudi Gazette that work in the second stage of the project, which is being implemented by 12 Spanish companies, is going on smoothly and has been 90% completed.
They said the companies are currently installing electricity posts, extending underground cables, making train cushions and laying down rails on the suspended bridges which are 24m high and have combined lengths of 2,500m.
There are two bridges connecting the train's station at King Abdulaziz International Airport with the railway track coming from Madinah and going to Al-Sulaimania station in Jeddah.
On its way from Jeddah to Makkah, the train will pass through a bridge which is 1,500m long and 15m high.
The 447m track passes through a number of cities and towns. The train runs between Makkah and Madinah, passing through Jeddah and Rabigh crossing wide suburban areas and farms.
With the end of the first phase of the project, 429 km of rails have been built and handed over to the contractor who began the second stage extending from Madinah to the crossing on the Expressway leading to the Haj terminal in Jeddah.
Expected to be fully operational in 2017, the train will be linked to the Makkah metro to provide pilgrims with easy and fast transportation to the holy sites.