SRO to launch Riyadh-Dammam 180kmph trains
Riyadh, August 16, 2014
Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) plans to launch four new passenger trains between Riyadh and Dammam that will run at a speed of 180 kmph, a report said.
The first of the four trains will be introduced in November this year and the others after a month, the Arab News quoted SRO president Mohammed Al-Suwaiket as saying.
He also said the Riyadh-Al-Kharj rail service will be launched next year.
The trains, manufactured in Spain by CAF, will have increased passenger and luggage facility. They can run up to 180 kmph even during extreme weather conditions, the report said.
He said the SRO has drawn up a master plan in cooperation with the German International Cooperation (GIZ). The Saudi Railway Master Plan 2010-2040 (SRMP) provides a conceptual framework for the longterm development of a future passenger and freight transport network for the kingdom.
He also revealed that the new initiatives also included privatisation of SRO and opening the door for national and foreign investments in it, the report said.