11/25/2009

Turkey to offer bid to operate Mecca-Medina high speed train

AA – The Turkish State Railways (TCDD), Turkey's state-owned railway company, is set to offer a bid in a tender to operate the Mecca-Medina high speed train, said Turkish railway officials. The consortium of TCDD, Siemens and their Saudi partner is one of the four competing consortiums to sign a deal for the project. For a period of twelve years, TCDD will operate the high speed train on a 450-kilometer railroad from Mecca to Medina, or el-Haramein where non-Muslims are not permitted to enter. Consortium partner Siemens would provide high speed train sets and set up a railway signalization system while the Saudi company would complete superstructure work for the railroad.

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