Bombardier bags $367m Haramain deal

Deal to see Canadian manufacturer include propulsion and control packages and high speed bogies

The world’s largest train maker, Bombardier Transportation, has signed an agreement with the Saudi Arabian unit of Spain’s Talgoto supply parts for 36 high-speed trains, it announced on Wednesday.

Saudi Railways Organisation had commissioned intercity passenger train manufacturer Talgo to build and operate the 450km Haramain High Speed Rail project connecting Makkah and Madinah.

Bombardier said the $367m deal is likely to include propulsion and control packages and high-speed bogies, most of which is to be manufactured at the company’s plant in Trapaga, Spain.

The Haramain project will link the two Saudi holy cities via King Abdullah Economic City, Rabigh, Jeddah and King Abdulaziz International Airport, and will also link with the Kingdom’s national network at Jeddah.

The Montreal-based transportation giant has participated in the development of many of the world’s leading high speed rail systems, including four different generations of the Train à Grande Vitesse (TGV) in France.

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