166,000 passengers per day
444 km route
speeds up to 320 km/hr
Less than 3 hours journey time
The project to connect the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, cradle of the Muslim faith, is the biggest international contract ever obtained by Spanish companies.
The Hispano-Saudi consortium forming the Al Shoula Group is building the new high speed corridor which will cross the coastal and desert regions of Saudi Arabia, linking Makkah and Madinah.
In addition to responding to the travel needs of the multitude of Muslim pilgrims who arrive every year from all over the world, this project also presented a significant technical challenge, with extremely adverse geological and weather conditions with the route covering over 440 kilometres of dunes, sands and strong winds.
Given our extensive high speed rail experience, Ineco undertook to provide the engineering and consultancy services for the project which anticipates a peak time transport of over 166.000 passengers a day during pilgrimage to the holy cities, using the latest technology and keeping environmental impact to a minimum. The line will be used by 35 trains, each with capacity for over 450 passengers.
The "desert high speed line", which will be completed by the end of 2016, will connect the most powerful country in the Gulf area. The railway line will be able to reach speeds of up to 320 km/h, reducing travel time to less than three hours and enabling passengers to travel in total comfort.
Crossing the desert and meeting the massive demand of daily passengers who will be using the system, has been the most ambitious Spanish engineering project to date, and a perfect occasion to demonstrate our technical ability and the talent of our professional team.
Spain has the most extensive high speed train line in Europe and the second biggest in the world. It is a bench mark for the latest technology and leads the world in terms of speed and punctuality. Our 20 years of experience has led us to manage some of the most important railway projects in the world such as the high speed line between Makkah and Madinah.