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Saudi Arabia plans £58bn rail spend

3 Jun 14 The Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) is working on a SR365bn (£58bn) strategic plan for developing the railway network and linking the country's provinces.

The project aims to establish an integrated railway network spanning 9,900km with 19 railway lines. The Haramain high speed railway and a north-south line are under construction, with a line connecting Jeddah to Riyadh slated to begin soon. Work on the railway link between Gulf countries is also expected to begin soon. “The huge GCC railway project will start from Kuwait and go through the Kingdom, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, ending in Oman,” said SRO president Muhammad Al-Suwaiket. The line will run for 2,200km. SRO is currently designing the parts of the projects within the Kingdom with a view to beginning construction in 2018.

Al-Suwaiket said that the organisation is working on rectifying the poor performance of lines that run between Dammam and Al-Ahsa through Abqaiq. “The organisation seeks to maintain passenger safety and build a good reputation by implementing plans over the next 20 years to cover all major cities of the Kingdom,” he said.

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