Spanish consortium wins US$ 1.6 mn contract for high speed rail link between Riyadh and Dammam

Posted on 4th September 2014

A Spanish consortium headed by Consultrans Company has won a US$ 1.6 million (SAR 6 million) contract to study options for a high-speed line between Riyadh and Dammam.


Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO) awarded the deal which aims to determine the most suitable plan for a rail link with a design speed of 350 kilometers per hour, enabling trains to operate at 300 kilometers per hour.

SRO president Mohamed Khalid Al-Suwaiket signed a contract and explained that the 10-month deal will include a traffic movement study between the two cities, the best route for the line taking into consideration the existing main line, as well as a preliminary technical description of the infrastructure for the project. It will also outline the train-sets to be used for the line, as well as the estimation of the financial cost of the overall project and expected revenues.

Al-Suwaiket pointed out that the signing of the contract will not affect the parallel plans made by SRO to reduce the journey time between Dammam and Riyadh, which remains three hours.

The high-speed rail project should shorten the travel time between the two cities to one-and-a-half hours, with the aim of encouraging more passengers to make the journey by rail.

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