RIYADH - Haramain High-Speed Rail project represents one of the most important transport projects in the expansion programme of the Saudi link railway network.
The launching of a 450-km electric-rail track with an operational speed of 300 Km per hour, the Haramain High-speed Rail, HHR, aims to cater to passengers wishing to travel link between the holy cities of Makkah link and Madinah connecting them to the King Abdullah Economic City, Jeddah link and the Jeddah link Airport link.
The trains are equipped with the latest signalling and communications system. It is primarily designed to provide a fast link, comfortable, reliable and safe mode of transport, between the holy cities while utilising state-of-the-art technologies.
Construction on the project began in March link 2009, and it was officially inaugurated on 25th September link, 2018 link. The line was opened to the public on 11th October link, 2018 link, with the first two trains, each carrying 417 passengers.
According to the Saudi link Transport Minister and General Transport Authority Chairman, Nabil Al-Amoudi, the railway is expected to carry 60 million link passengers a year, including around three to four million link Hajj link and Umrah pilgrims, helping to relieve traffic link on the roads in a 120-minute journey between the two holy cities.