JEDDAH: The Haramain Express Train has run a successful trip from King Abdullah City in Rabigh to Madinah at speeds of up to 300 kilometers per hour (km/h).
The project — which will connect Makkah and Madinah via Jeddah’s airport and King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh — will be completed by the end of 2017, said the chairman of the Public Transport Authority, Rumaih bin Mohammed Al-Rumaih, who is also acting head of the Saudi Railways Organization (SRO).
Al-Rumaih noted the support of the General Investment Fund (GIF), which financed and facilitated the implementation of the project.
He thanked Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal and Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman for their support during the different stages of the project.
The electric railway will be 450 km long. Trains will run between Makkah and Madinah in two hours, and are projected to serve 60 million passengers annually.