Two trains every hour between the holy cities

Updated 24 June 2016

Two trains every hour between the holy cities

MADINAH: Thirty-six trains would be running every day, two every hour between Makkah and Madinah, transporting on average 15,000 passengers.
Most parts of the multibillion high-speed Haramain railway line will be completed this year.
There are major stations in each of these cities including Jeddah, supported by bus stops and footpaths. The train station in Madinah contains world-class facilities.
Currently, tests are being conducted on the lines. The main train station is 9 km from the Prophet’s Mosque and 13 km from Madinah’s airport.
The main building includes a lounge for visitors, VIP lounge, mosque that can accommodate about 1,000 worshippers, center for Civil Defense, helipad, sidewalks for passengers waiting, and car park with a capacity of about 1,000 vehicles for short periods and of about 690 cars for long periods.
The main building has 19 elevators for travelers and staff, and a tunnel that links King Abdul Aziz Road and the station, in addition to elevators in the car parks and at the mosque.
It will have 12 electric escalators that link the ground floor, second floor and the third floor. It will also have a stairway inside the main building, parking lots, subway and a civil defense building.
Air conditioning systems are spread out in all the station buildings and facilities. All project facilities are covered with 417 surveillance cameras, in addition to a safety system.


Makkah’s Grand Mosque courtyard extension project nears completion

Updated 35 min 55 sec ago

Makkah’s Grand Mosque courtyard extension project nears completion

  • The project, which is due to be completed at the end of this month, aims to increase the capacity of the Ground Mosque and its surrounding courtyards
  • The work is 85 percent complete

RIYADH: A project to add more than 3,000 meters square of courtyard space near to the Grand Mosque in Makkah is almost complete, Saudi Press Agency reported. 
The extension to the area will help control the movement of crowds near the mosque, the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques said. The work is 85 percent complete, the statement said.
The expansion work involves the removal of a number of places designated for ablution and installing them under the stairs of the courtyard. Toilets have also been installed around the edges of the courtyard.
The project, which is due to be completed at the end of this month, aims to increase the capacity of the Ground Mosque and its surrounding courtyards to provide the best service to Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, deal with crowd control, and ensure the safety of visitors.