New 180 kmph train to link Riyadh and Dammam
Four new passenger trains will join the current fleet between Riyadh and Dammam beginning November this year.
Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO) president Mohammed Al-Suwaiket said the Riyadh-Al-Kharj rail service would be commissioned during next yea, reports Arab News.
The first of the four trains is to arrive in the Kingdom toward the end of November and the others would follow a month after.
The trains are being manufactured in Spain by CAF, a global rolling stock manufacturer, and will run at a velocity of 180kmph.
They will be initially deployed between Riyadh and Dammam, and subsequently used from Dammam to Al-Ahsa and Riyadh to Al-Ahsa.
"Rail transport is a vital support to growth and development in any country," said Al-Suwaiket.
"While the Saudi economy is the largest in the Middle East and one of the 25 largest worldwide, the Kingdom is experiencing significant development in the railway sector.
"SRO is working very hard to provide the best services within the current operational structure. However, the government, realising the value rail transport adds to national development, launched a number of initiatives to bring this vital service on par with the developmental needs of the country."