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First trial of Spanish-built high speed train in Saudi Arabia

First trial of Spanish-built high speed train in Saudi Arabia
/ REUTERS
  • The trial covered the route in 2 hours 52 minutes and reached a speed of 300 km/h

The Spanish consortium building a prestigious new AVE high speed rail link in Saudi Arabia met their contractual condition on New Year's Eve to carry out a trial with passengers before the end of 2017.

The new line, due to open to the public in March, runs for 450 kilometres across the desert between Medina and the holy city of Mecca. The trial covered the route in 2 hours 52 minutes and reached a speed of 300 km/h.