Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO) has extended the deadline to 12 June for contractors to submit bids for package two of phase one of the Haramain high-speed railway.

The SRO agreed to extend the deadline after some of the bidding consortiums requested more time to prepare their technical and financial proposals.

The original submission deadline was 10 May.

Package two covers the design and construction of four stations on the line. The UK’s Foster & Partners has now finished the design of the stations and eight consortiums have been prequalified for the construction contract.

The eight consortiums bidding for the stations construction contract include: the local Saudi Binladin Group, the local Almabani General Contractors, the local Al-Yamama Company for Trading & Contracting, Saudi Freyssinet, Saudi Oger, the local Al-Arrab Alliance, the local Nesma & Partners Contracting Company and the local Azmeel Alliance with China Railways.

The stations will be built in Mecca, Medina, Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City.

Abdulaziz al-Hokail, president of the SRO, says that package one of phase one which comprises civil works is underway including roadway excavation, the body of the track, and building bridges and culverts.

The SRO has also extended the deadline to 3 July for contractors to submit bids for phase two work (MEED 28:4:10).