In a speech today at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in the Eastern Province, General President of the Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) Khaled Al-Yahya confirmed that feasibility studies for the expansion of the Kingdom’s railway system have been completed, and three major projects have been approved by the Supreme Economic Council (SEC) for immediate implementation by the private sector. These projects, he said, are important and necessary to the Kingdom. The first will connect the Arabian Gulf with the Red Sea, extending the existing Dammam-Riyadh line to Jeddah. The second will connect Makkah with Madinah through Jeddah. The third, whose main aim is to boost the Kingdom’s minerals sector, will link Riyadh with the phosphate and bauxite mines in the provinces of Qasim and Northern Borders.