Haramain High-Speed Railway was launched by King Salman. Haramain Railway is one of the biggest electric train project in Middle-East which is estimated to carry 60 million passengers in a year with a fleet of 35 trains.
Prince Khaled Al-Faisal who is the advisor to the king & governor of Makkah was also present during the inauguration.
The train took King Salman to Madina which was captained by Saudi Nation Driver.
With the launch of Haramain railway the distance & travelling between the two holy mosques Makkah & madina looks closer and easier for everyone.
The Haramain High-Speed Railway project is in line with the objective of Vision 2030, the main goal of which is to increase the number of pilgrims and visitors to the holy places, he said. Transport is a main pillar of the national economy and a key driver of the economic renaissance that will take place under Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 strategy.
The SR60 billion ($16 billion) mega project went through three stages before screens could display journey timetables at the stations. The first stage, which was carried out by a consortium of national and international companies, started with the construction of 130 bridges and 850 water channels, a process in which some 150 million cubic meters of sand and rocks were removed to prepare the route for the train.