The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia never fails to surprise. This time around now, the new surprise has revealed itself to the public. For the past year, there has been a big hustle and bustle about the Haramain trains that will soon open sometime around in 2018.
The Haramain trains are packed with the state of the art that will open a whole new era for the transportation sector in the Kingdom. Since the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has to host people from around the world all over the year, it has to make sure that it gives the pilgrims a good experience and a far better experience than the last time they visited.
One of the most difficult thing that the people who travel as pilgrims to the Kingdom have to face is excessive traveling. With the extreme climates and changing cities from Jeddah to Makkah to Madina frequently, it does not only waste much of their precious time but also exhausts them and their pockets.
To make their life simpler, the government of Saudi Arabia will soon launch the Haramain trains that will travel at 300 kilometers per hour linking all the important cities of the Kingdom. Resources have brought to note that the trains will carry around 3 million passengers every year and the number will increase during Hajj and Umrah depending on the number of pilgrims arriving in the country.
The Haramain High-Speed Train has very powerful engines. It can travel at a speed of 300Km/hour. The speed of 300 Km/hour means that it can travel from Makkah to Madina and from Madina to Makkah in the time duration of 90 minutes. A test run of the train has shown the train running at a speed of 300 km/hour.
However, there are stations in between where the train will have to stop for few minutes, it will reduce the average speed of the train from Makkah to Madina. Right now, the traveling between these two holy cities takes more than 4 hours. Similarly, traveling time between Jeddah to Makkah will also be reduced significantly.
Traveling by road from Jeddah to Makkah takes around 60 minutes. The traveling time will be reduced to only 30 minutes. It will be a real revolution in Saudi Arabia which will reduce the congestion of traffic on the roads. However, this project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018 which does not look to be possible.
This also means that the trains will transport around 20,000 passengers every hour which will not only make the environment pollution free but provide a lot of luxury to the pilgrims.
The estimated cost of the trains is SR 63 billion which includes SR 9 billion for constructing the railway stations. The largest station is situated in Rusaifa, Makkah which was established at a cost of SR3.2 billion. The others include the Sulaimaniya station in Jeddah at SR 2.9 billion, Rabigh station at SR1.75 billion and the station at Madina at a total cost of SR1.545 billion.
This will be a 480 km long railway which consists of 5 stations situated in Jeddah, King Abdulaziz International Airport and King Abdullah economic city in Rabigh with the inclusion of Makkah and Madina.
There will be about 7 trains operating every hour to and from Jeddah, 2 trains for Makkah and Madinah and 4 trains between Makkah and Rabigh. The fast-traveling of these trains will also minimize the number of casualties during roadside accidents.
Apart from this, the entire project also includes the construction of 410 bridges, 860 rainwater drainage systems, mosques, helipads, civil defense center, a lounge for VIP passengers, shops, and restaurants. This construction will also increase the number of job opportunities for not only the Saudis but also the expats.
It would cost in the range of SR 0.33 to SR 0.55 a kilometer for second and first class tickets respectively on the high-speed Haramain train, according to Arab News. It also means that the ticket cost would be as follows;
Route Distance Economy Class First Class Makkah - Madina 450 Km SR 150 SR 225 Jeddah - Madina 400 Km SR 130 SR 200 Makkah - Jeddah 80 Km SR 25 SR 40
Source: Arab News