By Elsa Baxter
Scott Wilson will provide consultancy services for 450km Haramain Railway project.
Saudi Arabia has awarded a SR89.8m ($24m) management contract for the Makkah-Madinah railway to the UK railway engineering firm Scott Wilson.
Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf and Transport Minister Jabara Al-Seraisry signed the deal with the UK-based company, Arab News reported on Wednesday.
The 450km Haramain Railway will link the two holy cities as well as Jeddah, providing a much-needed mode of transport for the millions of pilgrims who attend the annual hajj.
Scott Wilson will provide consultancy services to the Saudi Railway Organisation (SRO), which is carrying out the project.
“This is one of the important transport projects in the Kingdom,” Al-Seraisry told the paper.
“Expansion of railways will have a tremendous impact on the Kingdom’s economic and social development.”
Work has already started on the Madinah-Jeddah route. The government earlier signed a SR6.7 billion contract with Al-Rajhi Consortium to carry out civil works related to the project, the paper said.
It reported the second phase of work, which covers the construction of railway lines, signal systems and the import of train equipment will be tendered by the end of next month.