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SAUDI ARABIA | High-speed Railway Developments | U/C

Saudi Arabia

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport on road to «Okaz»:
The works has began of the Two Holy Express train from North Jeddah
and the south of Al-Madinah

26 billion rials for the implementation of 30 thousand km of new roads throughout the Kingdom

AlRajhi alliance the winners of Al-Haramain express train project ,have started the work on the project,starting from north Jeddah and south of Madinah,in total length of 450 km. the Under-Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport Engineer Abdullah Almogbel said:about the land bridge, which links the Jeddah Islamic Port with King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam, in order to transport containers between the two ports is under consideration at the moment, but the next stage will be to transport passengers between the two cities themselves.

(HHR) Haramain High-speed Rail
Map of the under-construction tracks

Project Brief

The Government has taken a decision to implement a railway project linking the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah via Jeddah. The HHR will be a high speed electrified passenger line, primarily designed to provide a fast, comfortable, reliable and safe mode of transport. The overall objective of the Government is to implement the HHR project as a public funded project.

The important features of the Project given below are based on preliminary estimations and are subject to revision on more detailed analysis and design:

The HHR will be a high speed (360 km/h design speed) electrified passenger double line between Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah.
Makkah Central Station near the 3rd Ring Road.
Jeddah Central Station will be located on the Haramain Road, the railway aligment will use the median of the Haramain road and the Station in KAIA will be a terminus station.
Madinah will have only one passenger station.
Station will also be required in the King Abdullah Economic City and a station may be required for the Hajj Terminal at Jeddah Airport.

JEDDAH – RABIGH (150 km)

Project in Detail

Haramain High-speed Railway Stations

Category: Future Projects - Infrastructure

Location: Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah and KAEC, Saudi Arabia

Architect: Foster + Partners
WAF Entry: 2010

Award - World Architecture Festival 2010 - Shortlisted

The Haramain High-speed Railway is a major infrastructure project for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, connecting the cities of Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah and the developing King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). The stations, which have been designed by a Foster + Partners and Buro Happold joint venture, with local architect, Dar Al Riyadh, are conceived as gateways to each city, filled with places to meet, shop, eat and shelter from the sun. Altogether, the large, flexible stations will cover an area more than 30 times the size of London’s Trafalgar Square and will accommodate an anticipated 60 million passengers by 2012 – approximately six times the number of passengers that take the Eurostar from St Pancras each year. This is expected to increase to 135 million passengers by 2042.

The modular approach to the stations’ design is complemented by variations in colour, which signify the four cities while remaining emblematic of the HHR system. The terminal stations of Medina and Makkah are characterised by a rich colour palette: Makkah Station references the gold leaf of the decorated Kab’ah and the city’s significance as a holy site, while Madinah Station’s vivid green colour draws inspiration from the Mosque of the Prophet. Jeddah Station features a shade of purple which has a particular resonance with the city and KAEC’s station is a futuristic blue and silver, representative of its role as a modern new city. Drawing on Islamic architecture, the design concept takes the traditional gateway arch form as the basis for its roof design. The design, common to all stations, features a sequence of 25-metre-high arches rising from the concourse, complemented by smaller 9-metre-high arches at platform level. Supported by freestanding structural trees, repeated on a 27-metre square grid, the arches connect to form a flexible vaulted roof.

By following the direction of the trains, the arrangement of spaces helps passengers navigate the stations intuitively, with few level changes and the interior spaces provide respite from the heat of the desert. Following the ‘kit-of-parts’ approach, each station has a combination of different facades according to their orientation – solid facades are used where visibility is not essential, in order to reduce solar gain. The glazed entrances to the concourse and the platforms are concealed behind a combination of external mashrabiya and the deep overhanging roof canopies, which provide additional shade. Each station is oriented according to the path of the sun, turning from Madinah Station, which faces east, to north-facing Makkah Station. Their changing position is articulated through openings in the roof, through which light tubes draw daylight down to the concourse level and animate the space. At night, spotlights between the perforations give the impression of stars in a night sky. Spherical chandeliers, suspended between the arches, provide focused lighting, mediating between the scale of the roof and concourse level and accentuating the rhythm of the structure.

KAEC drop off point, showing modular roof canopy

KAEC station at platform level

Departures area at KAEC station

Visualisation of shaded platform level

Jeddah station, atrium view

Madinah station, main atrium space

Visualisation showing Mekkah HHR station

Jeddah station approach

Madinah station approach


Astaldi builds high-speed railway stations in Saudi Arabia

Jeddah station approach

December 14, 2010

Italian construction group Astaldi, as part of a joint venture, has been confirmed as preferred bidder for building two major railway stations, Jeddah and KAEC, in Saudi Arabia, located along the Makkah-Madina High-Speed line (Haramain High Speed Rail Project). The total value of the works amounts to USD 1.24 billion (Astaldi has a 15% stake).

Designed by Norman Foster and Buro Happold, the two stations will stand out for their size and scale: Jeddah, the largest station will occupy a total surface area of more than 111,000 m² – equal to 14 football fields – while KAEC will occupy a surface area of approximately 64, 000 m². More than 200,000 m³ of concrete and more than 74,000 tons of steel will be used to construct the stations which will feature 58 lifts and 116 escalators.

The works have been commissioned by Saudi Railways Organization. Works are scheduled to get underway in the first half of 2011, and the planned duration is approximately 2 years.


italian link: http://finanza.lastampa.it/Notizie/0...ah_e_KAEC.aspx

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the work around the clock ..
And the use of trailers in the transfer of concrete molds
Dream come true the first appearance of the train carriages North - South

Hail name registered first points that has emerged in which the first train carriages, which runs north and south for more than 1200 kilometers of northern Saudi Arabia to the center before overlooking the Arabian Gulf. The form of the initial impressions of the vehicles, a surprise to the people of the region, although it was earmarked for the transport of cement and some stereotypes of heavy equipment between the parts of the project, and the site is expected to be one of the most important stations on the rail giant. I stood and "economic" on the ground on the site, which is located about 20 kilometers to the north east of Hail, where it is to work around the clock to complete the project, which has turned into a reality on the ground, and is likely to be completed in 2010 according to Saudi officials assured

Although the form of vehicles driving seemed to be the quality of the old trains, which has raised a question among the population, and workers at the plant indicated that the vehicles allocated to work, where it is being passed on to the railway construction and practical reasons only, as it used to put pressure on the tracks and installing concrete molds during the action phase. During the tour, shows that the work reached the advanced stages, especially in the railway intersection, which borders through rapid Aljouf Bakaa with me and the plan, which is expected to be completed within a few months. It seemed the Chinese workers at the site and very nice with the "economic", and showed great determination to work under the sun, where temperatures reached yesterday near forty degrees. And Dr. Ibrahim Bin Abdul-Aziz al-Assaf and Minister of Finance, Board Chairman of the Public Investment Fund was signed last month, three decades of the Saudi Railways (SAR) the total value of $ (2.390.000.000) Real are held communication systems and control signals and a supply contract for the supply of locomotives and vehicles, trailers and for the railway project extending from the packages and modern boulders to the north north of Ras Al-Zour and Jubail via Paljov Hail, Qassim and Riyadh and the length of 2400 km. The value of contract communications systems and signals to control the site with the Alliance of French company Thales in solidarity with the Saudi Bin Laden Group (1.710.000.000) Real and the duration of a period of five years, and includes references to the establishment of a network, control and communications systems control and security control system using the Union. The contract included the establishment of operating and control systems and ticketing and passenger information and the Internet in the train stations, in addition to linking the network of fiber optics. In the framework of the Public Investment Fund's participation at the national firms for the transfer and resettlement of railway technology in the UK has been the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the company executing this contract, the company developed the electronics (which is one of the economic balance) include the participation of Saudi engineers and technicians in the stages of the implementation of this contract, including the This operation, maintenance and spare parts required. Concerning the site of locomotives with the American company amounts to Iketromotv Diesel (337.794.487) SAR, which includes the design, manufacture and supply of the engine 25 hp 4300 force used to train the metal phosphate at a length of three kilometers to 160 vehicles per train and a payload of up to 16000 tons per train, as also used for public transport, the contract also includes provision of technical support by the company for two years after delivery.

The value of the contract signed with the third company of China Southern Locomotive and trailers, Ltd. to manufacture and supply of wagons and freight General Minerals (342.299.074) SAR, which includes the design, manufacture and supply of 668 vehicles, including 524 vehicles for the transport of the metal phosphate load one hundred tons per vehicle and a flat and 144 tanks and containers for transport General and petroleum products and the contract includes the provision of technical support by the company for two years after delivery. Such a project comes within the strategic development program aims to strengthen the means of transportation and the exploitation of the mineral wealth in the Kingdom in accordance with the decision of the Council of Ministers on 3-4 / 1424, which mandated the establishment of the fund this project in order to transfer the phosphate ore and bauxite from the north and center of the country to the mining and processing facilities with Zor on the Arabian Gulf. And Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf and Minister of Finance at the time that the value of contracts signed in the railway projects amounted to more than 12 billion rials, including the settlement of the land and the opening of roads in influence, as well as the railway itself.

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If American officials can't see the "irony" of Saudi Arabian HSR, I'm afraid for my country.
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Old Posted Dec 17, 2010, 9:10 AM
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Those stations are really nice! The nation that provides a good portion of our Oil is investing those profits to build HSR! The irony is incredible!
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Originally Posted by bobdreamz View Post
Those stations are really nice! The nation that provides a good portion of our Oil is investing those profits to build HSR! The irony is incredible!
Yes, it is ironic. But, this is just one mega project out of dozens. The present Saudi government, from the very top, is on a spending spree for muslim pilgrims. New hotels, new camp sites, new trains, new airport terminals, etc.
When the population of these cities quadruple for a few weeks a year, what suffices for 50 weeks a year for transportation isn't enough. Rail is one of the few means of transportation that can gear up for the masses without looking overbuilt the rest of the year.
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Awesome. Would non-muslims have to disembark the train before entering Makkah, or do they allow for a segregated car?
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Originally Posted by MolsonExport View Post
Awesome. Would non-muslims have to disembark the train before entering Makkah, or do they allow for a segregated car?
just like makkah, the City of Madina (where the prophet's mosque is) non-muslims can't enter the area near the mosque, and therefor the City.

the stops before the cities of makkah and madina, they will check, just like what they do in the check points.
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Haramain High Speed Rail


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Foster + Partners and Buro Happold joint venture

to design four stations for Saudi Arabia’s new Haramain High-speed Railway

Foster + Partners and Buro Happold joint venture has been appointed to design four stations along a new high speed railway line in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which will link the cities of Makkah and Madinah via Jeddah. The Haramain High-speed Railway (HHR) is a major infrastructure project, conceived to forge new social and economic links by dramatically cutting journey times between the cities in western Saudi Arabia and by providing a new transport option for many of the pilgrims making the journey to the religious cities of Makkah and Madinah.

Passing via Jeddah and the King Abdullah Economic City, the new HHR service will be operated by state-of-the-art, high-speed trains, capable of reaching speeds of up to 300 kilometres per hour. By providing an attractive alternative to the use of private vehicles, the scheme will considerably lessen the future impact of these journeys on the environment.

The HHR’s fast-track construction programme has led to a modularised approach to the station design with a high degree of prefabrication. While all stations will share a common planning strategy, each will have a distinct identity and building envelope to respond to the respective cities they serve. All will provide extensive facilities and a high quality passenger experience, with generous circulation spaces and segregated arrival and departure zones. The public areas – including platforms – will be environmentally controlled to enhance comfort and will have filtered natural daylight throughout.

Mouzhan Majidi, Chief Executive of Foster + Partners, said:

“The Haramain High-speed Rail project represents a major investment in sustainable public transport by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with potentially far-reaching social and economic consequences. The project will foster new social and cultural connections across the Kingdom’s western cities, and the design of the four new stations will support and symbolise this progressive approach.”

Martin Walsh, Project Director at Buro Happold, said:

“The HHR is a genuinely exciting and challenging project and one of the most important transportation initiatives in the Kingdom. The innovative scalable modular approach to the design of the stations will enable the speedy delivery of high-quality station buildings – fast-track in every sense.”

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Um, how frequently do they have to run thru and clear sand off the rails?
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It's official. America is the most ass backward country in the world, infrastructure-wise
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