By Staff writer
Train stations’ opening dates postponed due to commercial 'financial burden'
The opening dates for the new Haramain Railway train stations in Jeddah, King Abdullah City and Madinah have been postponed to late 2017 upon the project’s full operation, the Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO) has said.
Operating the stations commercially prior to the railway’s completion will require maintenance and cleaning costs and will constitute a “financial burden on the project management because they key customers, passengers, has not come yet,” a project official told local media.
The official added opening and renting stores and restaurants at the Madinah and Rabigh stations prior to the railway’s completion violates contracts signed with the Spanish consortium, which is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the project starting 2017.
The Haramain railway project, which will comprise 35 passenger cars, will offer two-way trips every half an hour between Makkah and Madinah.