SAR says progress of $7bn Land Bridge mega project is in ‘full swing’

Major infrastructure project is part of Kingdom’s railway expansion programme

Saudi Railways Company (SAR) has announced that work is in full swing on all its major infrastructure developments, including the Land Bridge project which links the seaports on the Red Sea coast to the seaports on the Arabian Gulf, via Riyadh.

According to a report by the Saudi Gazette, the Saudi Land Bridge project was part of Saudi Railways Organisation’s (SRO) railway expansion programme. It now falls under SAR’s remit following its merger with SRO earlier this month.

Estimated to cost around $7 billion, the Saudi Land Bridge is one of the biggest projects in the region. It involves the construction of 950km of new line between Riyadh and Jeddah, and other 115km of track between Dammam and Jubail.

Citing a senior minister, the report adds that work is progressing at an accelerated pace so as to complete these vital projects at the earliest, including the Land Bridge.

“The mega project, that links the seaports on the Red Sea coast to the seaports on the coast of the Arabian Gulf via Riyadh, will provide indispensable service and logistical priorities,” explained Minister of Transport Saleh Al Jasser, who is also the chairman of the Board of Directors of SAR.

“It will also positively affect the activation of the national strategy for transport and logistics,” he added.

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