100km of new Saudi express railway completed. Nearly a quarter of a new high-speed railway line designed to ease travel for pilgrims in Saudi Arabia has been built, a senior official has said.
Dr Jubarah bin Eid Al-Suraiseri, Minister of Transport, said 100km of track had been laid in the Haramain rail project which will link the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.
The railway line, which will run for a total of 450km, is slated for completion in 2014.
He said trains using the Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah line would reach speeds exceeding 300km per hour and would cut travel time between the two holy cities to just two hours. More info