The consortium began work in 2012, designing and making the tracks and rail systems, supplying 35 regular trains and one luxury train for the King. It will also be in charge of rail operation and maintenance for the next 12 years
Spanish firms make Mecca-Medina high-speed railway project real
Riyadh, September 25th, 2018 (EFE). – Salman bin Abdulaziz, King of Saudi Arabia, was present today in the inauguration of the high-speed railway connecting the cities of Mecca and Medina. The event was held in Jeddah.
The King declared the new railway service open before getting on one of the new trains for the maiden journey to Medina. Regular services, however, will only begin in a few weeks, said a spokesperson for the construction group.
The ceremony was also attended by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and other Saudi authorities, as well as by representatives of the Al-Shoula Spanish-Saudi consortium, which includes 12 companies from Spain.
The maiden journey took passengers to Medina, the terminus of the 450-kilometre rail line, whose trial period began on 31 December 2017.
When regular service becomes available, it will run on a weekly frequency of four trains.
The new railway runs across flat desert areas with side winds that fill the tracks with sand. As a response, the consortium used next-gen technology of 30 different types to adapt the rolling stock – Talgo 350 for Haramain – to this environment.
The Mecca-Medina high-speed railway is the most ambitious project granted to Spanish firms outside Spain. The contract, awarded in 2011, was worth 6736 million euro, but it has been adjusted to over 7000 million. This makes it the most highly-priced contract in the history of Spanish business abroad.
The consortium began work in 2012, designing and making the tracks and rail systems, supplying 35 regular trains and one luxury train for the King. It will also be in charge of rail operation and maintenance for the next 12 years.
Al-Shoula is a Spanish-Saudi consortium whose partners are ADIF, Cobra, Consultrans, COPASA, Dimetronic, Imathia, Inabensa, Ineco, Indra, OHL, Renfe and Talgo from Spain, and Al Shoula Group and Al Rosan from Saudi Arabia. EFE