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Saudi’s Haramain railway cranks up speed to 300km/hr

Trains will reduce journey time from King Abdulaziz Airport station and Madinah station by around two hours

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The speed of trains on the Haramain High Speed Railway has been cranked up to 300km/hr from Thursday.

The increase applies to all trips to and from Madinah and comes after all safety checks have been completed, according to the Haramain High Speed Railway Project Management.

In a statement, the management said the railway will run at 300km/h between King Abdullah Economic City and Madinah stations, reducing travel time between the new King Abdulaziz Airport station and Madinah station by around two hours, while Makkah and Madinah trips will be around two hours and 45 minutes.

The Haramain High Speed Rail project, the largest and fastest in the Middle East, represents one of the most important transport projects in the expansion programme of the Saudi railway network.

The 450km rail line includes four major stations at Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC).

All railways stations provide different facilities including business class lounges, parking, mosques and others.

Saudi King Salman inaugurated the high-speed railway on September 25, 2018.

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