2003 News Story

Western railroad to link Makkah and Madinah within two years

Secretary-General of Madinah District Council Muhammad Mustafa Saif has announced that in about 23 months' time there will be rail service linking Madinah with Makkah, with extensions to Yanbu and to Jeddah. A working group has already been set up to implement the plan at a cost of around SR6 billion [U.S. $1.6 billion]. The plan is in accordance with the directives of the Supreme Economic Council concerning the construction of railroads throughout the Kingdom.