Saudi railway to undergo 30 day test run

04 October 2010

Project cost $1.7bn to build

Saudi Arabia’s newly established Mashair Railway, which links the holy sites of Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifa with Makkah, is to undergo a 30-day test run before opening to transport domestic and GCC pilgrims during the upcoming Haj season, Arab News has reported. The trains will cover 6,000 km each before starting regular operations. Established at a cost of SR6.5bn ($1.7bn), the new railway is to have a capacity to transport 72,000 pilgrims every hour.

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