The Minister of Transport and Chairman Saudi Railway Organization and SAR (Saudi Railways Company)—Dr Nabi Al-Amoudi took a four-hundred-and-fifty-kilometre train journey of the high-speed Haramain train on Sunday.
The journey was continuous with no stops between Madinah station to Makkah station for checking on the smoothness of the project before it could be made available for the commercial use.
Dr. Rumaih Al-Rumaih—President-designate of the SAR, the head of the public transport authority, Alvaro Iranzo—Spanish Ambassador, Dr. Bashar Al-Malik—the Chief Executive of the SAR and many other national leaders who were in some way related to the project, along with the professionals from the association given with the operations of the Holy Mosques high-speed rail, went along on the journey.
Al-Amoudi mentioned that this project is of immense significance and has even attracted global attention, as it is one of the biggest public transportation projects that would be linking the two Holy Mosques of Makkah and Madinah.
He also added that in addition to the facilitation that the visitors and pilgrims would be having in terms of transportation via the high-speed rail, the transportation would also be benefitting the citizens and residents within the Kingdom through five stations at high-speed throughout the year.
Al-Rumaih assured that the pilot journey of the high-speed rail would take place soon in the coming months. He mentioned that during those pilot journeys some passengers would even be invited for trying the service.
He added that these journeys would increase until the service is made fully available for commercial operation. He also said that the work is being done to determine the ticket price which may be justifiable considering the services being provided under this project.
Al-Rumaih added that the present consortium given the project would be running the project for the next twelve years.
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