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Saudi's 450km high-speed Haramain rail link to open soon

The 450km rail project linking Makkah, Medinah, and Jeddah is reportedly in the final stages of operational testing

The 450km Haramain train project will link the kingdoms holy sites to other cities to facilitate travel for pilgrims and visitors.
The 450km Haramain train project will link the kingdoms holy sites to other cities to facilitate travel for pilgrims and visitors.

The high speed railway linking three of Saudi Arabia’s holy cities will complete soon as the project nears the final stages of operational testing, regional media has reported.

Nabeel bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi, Minister of Transport, told Arab News that the 450km Haramain rail line linking Makkah, Medinah, and Jeddah will “soon be open to the public”.

Speaking on the sidelines of the rail Freight Solutions Forum, Al-Amoudi said: “This investment will not only provide visiting Hajj and Umrah pilgrims with a first-class travel experience, but it will also boost economic development and create jobs.”

READ: Saudi's 300km/h Haramain rail to begin operations in Q3 2018

Pilot testing for the project, which will see electric trains exceed speeds of 300km/h – the fastest in the Middle East – began in November 2017.

In May this year, Al-Moudi said commercial operations for the project would be rolled out starting in Q3 2018, with full capacity of 60 million passengers due to be achieved in Q1 2019.

READ: Metro construction to begin in Kuwait and Bahrain

Interest in Saudi’s high speed transportation potential is not limited to rail.

In April, Virgin's Richard Branson said he thought a roll out an ultra-fast hyperloop network in Saudi will happen “quite soon [through Virgin Hyperloop One]”. This followed a conversation the tycoon recalled with the kingdom’s Crown Prince at Virgin’s space port in the US.

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