The Haramain High-Speed Railway of Saudi Arabia transported more than 50,000 pilgrims during the first Hajj since it began its operations.
The train which operated between 8 am and 12 pm takes just 3 hours to travel from Madinah to Makkah, and 40 minutes from Jeddah to Makkah.
Rayan Al-Harbi—the director of the operations and maintenance of Railways said that the Hajj schedule operated 192 journeys with the double seating capacity for accommodating the surged demand.
This meant that each train had got more than 830 seats in comparison to the normal 417, during the regular schedule.
Al-Harbi said that on top of Hajj, the trains would also be catering to the surged demand from the passengers spending Eid-ul-Azha between Makkah-Jeddah and Madinah.
He added that the inauguration of the fifth station of the Haramain railway at the King Abdul-Aziz International Airport in Jeddah would permit the worshippers to travel directly to Makkah.
Al-Harbi said that the station is related to the airport for easily serving the pilgrims and visitors and for facilitating the reception of the ones coming by air.
He briefed that the new station would be featuring its 6 tracks, managing more than 2,000 passengers per hour.