SAR given total control over Saudi rail infrastructure
Saudi Railway Company (SAR) will now be the owner of infrastructure of railway projects linking the cities of the kingdom, according to a decree issued by the Saudi Arabian cabinet.
The cabinet appointed the minister of transport, Suleiman Al Hamdan, as the chairman of the board of directors of SAR.
Al Hamdan succeeds Dr Rumaih Mohammed Al Rumaih who was named president of Saudi Railways Organisation earlier this year.
SAR was established to build the 2,750-km North-South Railway to connect the Gulf port of Ras Al Khair and Riyadh with mineral deposits and cities in the centre and north of Saudi Arabia.
The first 1,392-km line opened in 2011 and SAR is also responsible for the 950-km road bridge planned between Riyadh and Jeddah.
SRO operates the Riyadh-Dammam railway and is responsible for the construction of the Haramain high-speed line linking Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah, and the Saudi portion of the planned 2,177-km GCC rail network.