MAKKAH — The Haramain High-Speed Railway, established at a total cost of SR60 billion, will create 2,000 jobs for men and women, according to a former executive of the project.
Bassam Ghulman, former project manager of Haramain Railway, said the train would take 131 minutes to reach Madinah from Makkah via Jeddah and Rabigh.
“The trip between Makkah and Jeddah will take 21 minutes, and between Jeddah and the King Abdulaziz International Airport 14 minutes. The trip between the airport and Rabigh will take 36 minutes and from Rabigh to Madinah it will take 60 minutes. It is estimated that the train will have a capacity to transport 12,000 passengers an hour between Makkah and Madinah,” said Ghulman.
“There will be a train between Makkah and Madinah and vice versa every hour. The trains will be going at a speed of 300 km per hour. The project can operate 12 trains per hour as there are separate plans in place for normal and crowded seasons,” said Ghulman.
Picture used for illustrative purpose. Workers walk at the site of the under-construction Riyadh Metro rail system in the Saudi capital Riyadh August 26, 2015.
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