This new high-speed line, the so-called “pilgrims train”, will connect Islam’s two holy cities, visited by a 2.5 million congregation each year. The network will link Mecca and Jeddah in half hour, and it will reach Medina in two more, at a speed of up to 300 km/h.
The contract is valued at 10,000 million euros. Half of the budget will go to the network construction and to the acquisition of rolling stock. The rest will go to the award of contracts for the operation and maintenance of the line during twelve years.
On the other hand, this is not the first time that the country’s rail authorities trust Spanish technology, considering our industry as a leading point of reference. In 2008, the Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) awarded Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) the supply of eight train units, each one made up by a locomotive and five cars, as well as their maintenance for a four-year period.