Saudi's Haramain train to be operational by 2017
The 450km-long train will have a capacity of 9,000 passengers per hour, allowing better transportation of pilgrims traveling from Jeddah and Madinah to Makkah
90% of the construction at the Haramain high speed train project in Al-Rusaifah is complete, Saudi Gazette reported.
The whole project is expected to be operational by 2017, according to Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Transportation Committee head Saad Al-Qurashi.
“The main station of the train is in Al-Rusaifah District and it is almost complete, he said. “The station has arrival and departure halls, commercial stores, a prayer room, parking space, car rental offices, public sector services and their offices and restaurants.”
The 450km-long train will have a capacity of 9,000 passengers per hour, allowing better transportation of pilgrims traveling from Jeddah and Madinah to Makkah while also shortening the travel time to two hours.
“The station is a small city containing all the basic facilities and services for worshipers, and was designed according to aesthetic and engineering specifications, very unique in the world,” said Al-Qurashi.
He added the transport prices have yet to be defined.