Saudi Railways signs SAR 391 mln deal

Mohamed Al-Suwaiket, President of Saudi Railways Organization (SRO), has signed a contract worth SAR 391.49 million with a local firm, to build the 214 km first phase of doubling the freight mainline from Dammam to Riyadh passing by Abqaiq, Hasa, Harad and Al-Kharj, according to Arab News.

The 24-month contract is aimed at boosting the organization’s operational capacity to meet the growing private sector demand for transportation by train.

The SRO is keen to increase its share of the freight market emphasizing the advantages of movement by train in terms of safety and security as well as significant benefits to the national economy, Al-Suwaiket said.

He added that rail transport could help reduce accidents on the roads and road maintenance costs while cutting environmental pollution.