Haramain Railway chugs along
Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman visited the Haramain Railway headquarters in Madinah on Wednesday and praised officials and contractors for the significant progress of the multibillion-riyal project.
Transport Minister Jabara Al-Seraisry and other officials joined the prince at the railway headquarters in the city and for his tour of various work sites.
Al-Seraisry gave a detailed description of the progress achieved in the implementation of the various phases of the project that links the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah and passes through Jeddah and Rabigh.
The prince was briefed on the construction of the station building in Madinah over an area of 172,000 square meters where the utilities and services will be of international standard. The station will house arrival, departure and VIP lounges, a mosque with a capacity for 700 worshippers, Civil Defense center, a helipad, six platforms for trains, a waiting area and car parks with a capacity for 1,000 vehicles.
The station, which has a pedestrian passage to King Abdulaziz Road, is also being linked to the public bus transport system.
The prince walked around the units of the project and discussed different aspects of the facilities with the minister and project engineers. At the end of his tour, he praised the efforts of the minister and work teams and said he hoped the the remaining phases would be completed on schedule, in line with the aspirations of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.
The transport minister told journalists that 80 percent of the project had been completed and that railway lines had been laid in some places.