The civil works package of the $7bn Haramain high-speed railway will be completed in 2012, says a source close to the project.

Haramain railway
Contract Value Completion date
Phase 1 package 1 $2bn 2013
Phase 1 package 2 $2bn 2015
Phase 2 $1.4bn 2013
Substation $286m 2013
Source: MEED Projects

The Haramain high-speed railway will run between the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia and also Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City.

The process of carrying out the detailed design is now under way, says the source speaking at the sidelines of MEED’s Mena Rail Projects 2011.

The UK’s Scott Wilson is project manager on the scheme. In February, Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO) awarded two local consortiums the construction contracts for package two of phase one of the railway.

Package two involves the design and construction of four stations in Mecca, Medina, Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City (Kaec). A joint venture of the UK’s Foster and Partners and Buro Happold completed the designs for the stations.

Saudi Binladin Group with Turkey’s Yapi Merkezi has won the contract to build passenger stations at Mecca and Medina, while Saudi Oger has won the contract to build the stations at Jeddah and Kaec.