Saudi Arabia's temporary Haramain rail track nears completion

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Around 90 percent of the work of the new temporary track of the Haramain High Speed Rail has been completed, reports the Saudi Gazette.

Sources with knowledge of the 1.5 km detour said that the new track would not pass through the Haramain rail station in Sulaimaniyah District, which was partially burnt in a fire last month.

Al-Rajhi Consortium, which implemented the civil and infrastructure of the track, handed over a major portion of the track on Sunday, while Al-Shoula Consortium started installing columns of electrical grids and connecting the track to the power grid.

It was Al-Shoula Consortium, comprising of two Saudi and 12 Spanish companies, which implemented the contract to supply railway systems and rolling stock for the Haramain Train Project while Al-Rajhi Consortium executed the civil work.

A massive fire at the station on September 29th temporarily suspended Haramain services on the Makkah-Jeddah-Madinah route.

Minister of Transport Dr. Nabil Al-Amoudi said earlier this month that all restoration work will be completed in 30 days and the rail traffic will be brought to normal in the coming weeks.

The train will resume services using the new King Abdulaziz International Airport station to serve Jeddah.

Al-Shoula Consortium started constructing a detour for the rail route after the fire so that train services between Makkah and Madinah could resume.