Jeddah: The Saudi government is preparing to deal with the rush of pilgrims in the holy month of Ramadan. Haramain High Speed Railway has decided to increase the number of train services between Makkah and Madinah to 100 trips per day during Ramadan, when lakhs of people come for Umrah pilgrimage and prayers, officials said.
Railway management sources said in an interview to local media that the decision was taken in view of the huge influx of Umrah pilgrims and visitors to Saudi Arabia through King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah and Prince Muhammad International Airport in Madinah. The month of Ramadan is the month when the largest number of Umrah pilgrims arrive from within and outside the country.
Railway sources said that there has been a huge increase in the number of Umrah pilgrims, visitors to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, Jeddah city and King Abdullah’s financial city of Rabigh using the Haramain high-speed train service in the past few days. The railway connecting Makkah and Madinah via Jeddah and Rabigh has served 25,000 trips since its inception. Officials also said that the Railways was able to maintain 95 percent accuracy in the service schedule.
Jeddah station in Sulaimaniya has recorded an increase in the number of trips, sources said. Currently, there are 58 trips between Makkah and Jeddah Sulaymaniyah in both directions and 26 trips between Sulaymaniyah Station and King Abdulaziz International Airport. The railway also said there are two hourly train services between Makkah and Madinah during peak hours and hourly train services between King Abdulaziz International Airport station and Makkah station during peak hours.
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