Haramain Railway to begin by 2014

Haramain Railway to begin by 2014

The first train from between Makkah and Madinah is expected to start in 52 months according to Al-Shuala Al-Kabida, contracting company of Haramain speed rail project. 

“Al-Arab Company will complete the first phase of the project soon,” said Osama Adib Salama, the company’s finance director, as reported by Arab News.

The layover between two stations is expected to be around seven minutes to reduce total duration of rides between Makkah and Madinah to two and a half hours. The Haramain project, widely known in industry circles as HHR, is a 444-km high-speed intercity rail transport system that will link the two holy cities of Madinah and Makkah via King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh and King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah. The Makkah-Madinah rail link is part of the major railway expansion project, which includes linking Jeddah with Riyadh and Dammam.

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