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King Salman of Saudi Arabia has introduced a hotly anticipated $6.7bn (£5.1bn) rapid railway line associating Islam’s two holiest cities.
The 450km (280-mile) Haramain Express line linking Mecca and Medina by means of the Red Sea city of Jeddah has 35 trains that can venture out up to 300km/h (186mph).
Authorities trust it will transport 60 million travelers every year and ease traffic congestion for Muslim pilgrims.
The railway is because of start working economically next Monday.
There will be eight administrations per day in the two headings until the finish of this current year, when the recurrence will be expanded to 12.
“The journey between the Haramain [two holy mosques] is now shorter and easier than at any time before,” Transport Minister Nabil al-Amoudi told dignitaries at inauguration in Jeddah on Tuesday.
“The project highlights the kingdom’s commitment to serving Islam and Muslims.”
Muslims going among Mecca and Medina for the Hajj or Umra journeys have confronted a transport adventure of up to six hours. They could now do the voyage via prepare in a little more than two hours.
Mecca’s station, around 4km (2.5 miles) from the Grand Mosque, will have the capacity to deal with upwards of 20,000 travelers for each hour.
The railway was worked in two stages by two consortiums including Saudi, French, Chinese and Spanish organizations. It has taken six years more to finish than was initially arranged.