Saudi to build 2,750km Riyadh railway connection

Saudi Arabia is to build 2,750km of Riyadh railway connection to a selection of cities and cargo stations, according to Arab News.

Five design blueprints have been signed to build modern passenger and cargo trains, with the project’s two main tracks expected to be completed by 2014, according to Sulaiman Khwaiter, head of marketing and public relations at the Saudi Railway Company.

“The first track will be dedicated to transferring phosphate and other raw materials. It will be 1,400 km long”, said Khwaiter, adding that Saudi Arabian Railways trains will transfer phosphate to processing plants at Ras Alkhair with 150 mining carriages, each of the trains being 2.8 km long.

With nine cargo stations, the first line will link Riyadh with Sadeer Industrial City, Qasim, Prince Majed Economic city in Hail, Jouf, Al-Haditha, Al-Busiyta’, Ras Alkhair and Jubail.

The second line will perform other cargo freight and passenger operations, with passenger trains eventually reaching a capacity of more than two million passengers per year and a maximum speed of 200kph.

“This track will extend from Riyadh, passing through Al-Mujamma’, Qasim, Hail, Jouf and Al-Quryyat, all the way to the Saudi-Jordanian border at the “Al-Haditha outlet”, with an extra sub-branch at the agricultural city of Al-Busiyta, Khwaiter added.

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Source : constructionweekonline

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