Haramain High-Speed Railway used by 50,000 pilgrims for Hajj 2019
Official says special schedule was prepared for Hajj 1440AH, including 192 trips from Madinah and Jeddah to Makkah
Saudi Arabia’s Haramain High-Speed Railway – opened by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in September 2018 – was used by more than 50,000 pilgrims in 192 trips travelling from Madinah and Jeddah to Makkah during Hajj 1440AH (Hajj 2019).
The rides marked the pilgrims’ first experience of Haramain High-Speed Railway, which is expected to carry up to 60 million passengers per year, reducing travel time between Makkah and Madinah, which can take five hours by car.
Saudi Arabia said Haramain High-Speed Railway was operated between 8am and midnight daily during Hajj.
Director-general of operations and maintenance at Haramain High-Speed Railway, Eng Rayyan Al-Harbi, said the schedule was prepared specifically for Hajj 1440AH, Saudi Arabia’s official news agency, SPA, reported.