📩 09/10/2023 11:50
Saudi Arabia's national railway operator, Saudi Arabia Railways (SAR), has made an ambitious move towards environmentally friendly transportation concepts. The company started testing hydrogen trains, which are among the transportation technologies of the future.
The tests, planned for October, came after Saudi Arabian Railways and French rail transport company Alstom signed an agreement to produce hydrogen trains suitable for use in the kingdom in September 2022, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
According to SPA, the tests will include operational trials and studies to ensure the trains are compatible with Saudi Arabia's environment, paving the way for their entry into service in the future.
SAR announced that these trains represent a pioneering initiative in the Middle East and North Africa and underline the kingdom's commitment to adopting sustainable transport technologies.
Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Minister of Transport and Logistics Services and Chairman of the Board of SAR, said that this move is in line with the objectives of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy and is part of the plan to move towards a more sustainable transportation system using the latest technologies.
Al-Jasser emphasized SAR's commitment to the Saudi Green Initiative, which aims to increase the kingdom's dependence on clean energy, reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment.