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Old April 17th, 2016, 11:34 AM   #281
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The station is beautiful for sure. But it was a great shame they designed the terminus with the ticket hall at the end of the platform rather than above/below. This makes for inefficient loading and unloading. Also makes it difficult to extend the line northwards (to the airport for example)

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Such a station belongs to a more centrally located place. It's a real pity that it was built so far out of town.
It's not that far in fact. It's 8km east of the Mosque/central district on a main artery. The reason the immediate surroundings are empty is because the land belongs to the grandiose "Knowledge Economic City" project. In 10 years all they've built was a small convention centre/museum and a 200 villa gated community, leaving all the prime real estate fronting Kg Abdulaziz Rd empty .
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Old April 18th, 2016, 02:13 AM   #282
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It's not that far in fact. It's 8km east of the Mosque/central district on a main artery.
But that is exactly what I mean. 8 km far way too far. It should be 800 metres rather.
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Old April 19th, 2016, 11:32 AM   #283
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But that is exactly what I mean. 8 km far way too far. It should be 800 metres rather.
By Saudi standards it's not bad at all. Compare it with the stations for the North-South Railway. On average they are 25km away from the center (The station for jouf is completely in the middle of nowhere, 60km from central Skaka!)

But I agree with your sentiment, it would've been great if you could just walk from the station to the mosque and historic centre, but it's not practical to cut a way through the city.

The idea for the station location made some sense at the time. It was thought that the area around KEC, a triangle between the airport, holy mosque, and HSR station would form a second central district. That hasn't happened. Growth in the city has been in the opposite direction. In fact, had they built the station next to the Dar al-Hijra megaproject in the southwest it would've been better. Much closer too. But that project didn't exist at the time of selection.
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Old May 10th, 2016, 07:27 PM   #284
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Haramain HSR

Acts:
-SRO Has granted an extension of 14 months because delays Phase 1.1
-SRO Is committed to update payments to the Spanish-Saudi consortium. Still they remain to specify the additional costs resulting from the acceleration of Phase 2; especially a provisional workshop to begin testing.
-The minister of transport Saudi, Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al Muqbel, has been dismissed in a reshuffle of government.

The first news is the logical consequence of that has not yet delivered the platform (Phase 1.1), originally scheduled for April 5, 2012 and extended until 31/12/2015. This places the entry into service of the section Makkah-KAEC in February 2018 while, I imagine, it will try to commission the stretch KAEC-Madinah in December 2016, the original delivery date for the entire line.

The second and third news can not but rejoice, which the minister would support the French consortium initially opting to Phase 2 does not justify their continued threats and lies about the progress of the work. It's what I think.


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Old May 15th, 2016, 05:44 AM   #285
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Old July 31st, 2016, 01:03 AM   #289
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Saturday 30 July 2016

JEDDAH: There will be no separate cabins for luggage on Al-Haramain train, but special racks will be allocated for luggage.

Sources said the train is for passengers, and not for luggage, and only personal bags can be carried and stowed on the steel racks in each cabin or in the upper drawers of passenger seats.

Yousif Al-Abdan, deputy president of the Saudi Railway Organization, said there will no delay in implementing the Haramain train. He stressed that the organization is committed to operating of the train by the end of 2017.

Officials and journalists toured the train station in King Abdullah Economic City which has been completed. The Madinah station is also finished, while the Jeddah station is 96 percent complete.

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Old July 31st, 2016, 09:59 AM   #290
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This is a nice project, coming nicely together. Congrats Saudi Arabia!

I have a question: a display showed on one of the photos refers to the trains between Meccah and Medina as AVE (in European spelling). Now, AVE is the Spanish acronym meaning high-speed train, and the rolling stock for this new line is of course produced by a Spanish company. Have they decided to retain the acronym? It seems a bit bizarre to me, because (in addition to being an acronym) AVE means "bird" in Spanish. I'm not aware that it means anything in Arabic, but I could of course be mistaken.
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i think you mean this pic right?


i think it's just a model and that guy (who take the pic) he just take it as real.
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No, I meant this display.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...921/b9oiRm.png.
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This one as well "renfe and AVE"

i'm not sure why they using this name , i'm not sure but maybe cuz renfe and AVE is the operator for this trip! ?


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Good work done for thousands of visitors each and every year, Hope that project wiil be huge success and will accomplish its target.
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This one as well "renfe and AVE"

i'm not sure why they using this name , i'm not sure but maybe cuz renfe and AVE is the operator for this trip! ?


The information panel is completely wrong, this has done someone from Spain without having been in KSA.

Not only is the AVE trademark, exclusively for Spain (the trademark will be: Haramain), is the order of the stations. The correct order is Makkah-Jeddah-KAIA-KAEC-Madinah
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Old September 8th, 2016, 06:57 PM   #298
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Haramain HSR Update schedules

Phase 1.1 (platform): start of construction in late 2009, with completion scheduled for April 5, 2012. Following the project added some bridges and other structures (especially in area 1) for a total of 853 M € (an increase of 55% over the initial award), so the end was extended until 31 December 2014.
Maximum scheduled dates (after extra time) for delivery of the platform by the consortium Al Rajhi Alliance (area 4 was already delivered in April 2013): area 5 in the first quarter of 2014 (it was delivered in May) area 6 in the second quarter (delivered in November), area 3 in the third quarter (delivered in December), and areas 1 and 2 at the end of 2014.

On August 21, 2015 the general director of the project, Ahmed Bin Bassam Ghulman announced that the work of Phase 1.1 section of Makkah-Jeddah (areas 1 and 2) would end on December 30, 2015.
Area 2 first tranche delivered in March 2016 (fully in May) and only 22 kilometers left to deliver area 1 that were expected for June, but it has not been fulfilled.
Part of the explanation is that the work on the Makkah station was stalled for seven months after licenses were withdrawn from the Binladen Group (construction of stations: Phase 1.2) after the crane collapse at the Grand Mosque 11 September 2015.

In the estimates of November 2015, with delivery of the platform scheduled for December, Spanish firms OHL and Copasa trusted have completed the superstructure in August; in early 2016 with delivery of the platform scheduled for June, it was estimated to be completed from October 2016. Now in the first quarter of 2017.


Completions:
Area / Km / Phase 1.1 Al Rajhi Alliance (China-KSA) / Phase 2 Al Shoula Group (Spain-KSA)
1 / 001-075 / Makkah-Jeddah / scheduled for June 2016 (delivered the first tranche in October 2015, in March 2016 missing 22 km) / scheduled for October 2016 (now scheduled for the first quarter of 2017)
2 / 075-109 / Jeddah + branch to KAIA airport / scheduled for March 2016 (delivered between January and May 2016) / scheduled for August 2016 (now it scheduled for late 2016)
3 / 109-180 / Jeddah-KAEC / between October 2014 and April 2015 / March 2016
4 / 180-291 / KAEC-Madinah / April 2013 / July 2015 (tests from 14.07.2015)
5 / 291-375 / KAEC-Madinah / May 2014 / March 2015 (tests from 14.07.2015)
6 / 375-449 / KAEC-Madinah / October 2014 / August 2015 (tests from 05.10.2015)


Initial forecast: Phase 1.1 (platform) on April 5, 2012, Phase 2 CAPEX (superstructure) in September 2016 and Phase 2 OPEX (commercial service) in December 2016.
Last forecast: Phase 1.1 in June 2016 (not been fulfilled) and Phase 2 (CAPEX and OPEX) in the first quarter of 2018 (?).
It is possible that the section between Rabigh-KAEC and Madinah launch commercial services before, as the emir of the region of Makkah (Prince Khaled Al Faisal), the former transport minister (Abdullah Al Moqbel) and the president of SRO ( Rumaih Al Rumia), announced on December 20, 2015 that the commercial operation in the section between KAEC and Madinah will begin in December 2016 and the line will be in full operation by the end of 2017.

In june 2016 they are 9 Talgo 350 SRO trains delivered (total: 35 + 1) and tenth has been sent to KSA. Delivery to train corporate VIP dual (hybrid) was scheduled in the middle of this year.

All stations (Phase 1.2) are completed except Jeddah (97%), KAIA and Makkah. The delivery was scheduled for 2015.


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Old September 8th, 2016, 09:40 PM   #299
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Wow!!!! It looks totally cool! I'd love to try out this new line. Will European Christians be allowed to take the train in Jeddah or Médina?
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Wow!!!! It looks totally cool! I'd love to try out this new line. Will European Christians be allowed to take the train in Jeddah or Médina?
Maybe, but a Christian probably shouldn't be travelling to a country where they could be executed if they publicly profess their faith. And Christians are banned from Medina.
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