Saudi high speed train announces launch date for passengers

The first Haramain High Speed Railway journey will operate on October 4, according to Makkah’s local authority.

The new high speed train, which will operate between Makkah and Madinah, will initially run eight times a day, before increasing to 12 journeys in the new year.

Running every hour, the trains will operate on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

The 450 km Haramain rail line connects Makkah, Jeddah, King Abdulaziz International Airport, King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh and Madinah.

A consortium including 12 Spanish firms along with two Saudi firms has been tasked with building the second phase of the project.

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