Kingdom’s Holy Sites to be connected by high-speed trains in 2017
Saudi Arabia has confirmed its plans to launch seven high-speed trains as early as next year. The infrastructure project will connect the Kingdom’s holy sites that welcome millions of pilgrims each year.
Seven trains are set to operate between the cities Makkah and Jeddah every hour, while two trains will operate between the cities housing the two Holy Mosques, Makkah and Madinah.
The 480km project will link the kingdom’s holy sites to other cities to facilitate travel for pilgrims and visitors, and is expected to have a lifespan of over 120 years. The project will also link up the holy sites to other cities in order to facilitate travel opportunities for pilgrims and visitors.
The first phase, the Madinah to Jeddah stretch, is close to completion and is expected to be ready by the end of 2016. The remainder of the project is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2017.