The royal family of Saudi Arabia has approved the transfer of functions performed by the state-owned Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) to another state-owned rail company, Saudi Railways (SAR).
The decision to liquidate the Saudi Railways Organization and transfer its functions to the Saudi Railway was made in March 2019.
Until now, the SRO has been organizing the transportation of the country’s first railroad, opened in 1951 and connecting the capital of Riyadh through the city of Harad with the port of Damman on the Persian Gulf coast. In 1985, with the commissioning of the El-Khufuf-Riyadh highway, the length of the railway network in the country increased to 1,412 km.
The SRO was also tasked with managing the construction of the 453 km Haramain High Speed Line between the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, passing through Jeddah and the King Abdullah Economic City, with a short spur in Jeddah to King Abdulaziz International Airport.
The 115 km Al Jubail-Damman line is currently under construction, as well as the new 950 km Saudi Landbridge railway between Riyadh and Jeddah. Both projects are valued at a total of US $ 7 billion. There are also plans to build a track section between the SRO and SAR terminals in Riyadh.
The National Transport and Logistics Strategy includes the completion of a land bridge that will link the ports of the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf for the first time (photo: SAR).
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