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Saudi Arabia plans to add 4,000 kilometres of rail to its existing network, investment minister Khalid al-Falih announced last month. The proposal would more than double the kingdom’s existing network.
“New rail will criss-cross the Kingdom and add to the network we already have,” Al-Falih was quoted as saying in January. Saudi Arabia has three major rail way lines, including the 2,750-kilometre North-South line and the high-speed railway line between the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. Its existing network has a total length of more than 5,500 kilometres, according to the Saudi Railway Company.
The new network would add the kingdom’s first east-west connections, including a line between the capitol of Riyadh and Mecca. The plans also call for a railway connections with country’s southeast, such as the port city of Jazan. Finally, a host of new feeder lines are slated for construction.
The timeline for the various projects remains unclear, although it is expected that a number of lines will be realised under the Vision 2030 programme announced by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 2016.
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