SAR CEO Inspects Saudi North South Railway in Preparation for Inauguration

SAR CEO Inspects Saudi North South Railway in Preparation for Inauguration :The Saudi North South Railway (NSR), connecting Riyadh to Al-Qurayyat on the Jordanian border, is expected to be inaugurated before the end of 2016.

Dr. Rumaih Al Rumaih, CEO of the Saudi Arabia Railway Company (SAR), attended a 200 km long trial trip between Riyadh and Al-Mujamma’ah at the beginning of October and was briefed on the company’s preparation for passenger operations.

Dr. Rumaih closely scrutinized self-service ticket vending machines, luggage storage areas, inspection points and the train service during the trip itself.

The 1,250 km long rail line has six stations: Riyadh, Al-Mujamma’ah, Qassim, Hail, Al- Jawf and Al-Qurayyat. Travelling at a speed of 200 kph the diesel push-pull trains supplied by Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) are expected to significantly cut travel time between Riyadh and the Northern region.
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SAR plans to start operations with a daily service from Riyadh to Qassim, taking just over two hours. The service will then be extended north to Hail. A 13-coach overnight service connecting Riyadh to Qassim, Hail, Al- Jawf and Al-Qurayyat will also be introduced.
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The brand new North South Railway Station in Riyadh, constructed close to King Khaled International Airport, will eventually be connected to the airport itself where the new Riyadh Metro Yellow Line will also arrive.
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On the occasion Dr. Rumaih also lauded the cooperation between SAR and the Saudi Arabian Mining Company, Maaden, which has led to achieving in the month of September 2016 a record of 787, 000 tons of phosphate and bauxite transported between mines, treatment and export zones.

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Writer: John Carlo Ottaviani

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