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Makkah Madinah Rail Link

eurailSpeed Milano 2005

Khalid H. Alyahya President, Saudi Railways Organization

8 November 2005

Table of contents
SECTION 1 SECTION 2 SECTION 3

Introduction and background Traffic forecasts Implementation strategy

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SECTION 1

Introduction and background

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Introduction
The Makkah Madinah Rail Link (MMRL) will transport millions of passengers every year
Saudi Arabia: Home to the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah Currently, over 20 million travellers per year

number expected to grow to 30 million by 2020 50% of travellers likely to use high speed rail

MMRL to provide a fast, safe, reliable and comfortable transport service MMRL to propel Saudi Arabia into the world of high-speed rail MMRL to be implemented on PPP basis

on state-of-the-art high speed rail infrastructure


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The MMRL
Key characteristics
Segment Distance

Jeddah Makkah Jeddah Madinah Makkah Madinah


Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

80 km 420 km 500 km

Madinah

Jeddah

Makkah

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MakkahIslam's holiest city


Over 16 million passengers travelled between Jeddah and Makkah last year
Makkah has 1.62 million permanent inhabitants At least once in a lifetime, every Muslim has to perform the Hajj 2 million pilgrims visit Makkah over the Hajj period 2.5 million Ramadan visitors 5 million visitors over the rest of the year 7 million commuters

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Madinahthe second of Islams holy cities


3 million visitors to Madinah last year

Madinah is the second holiest city in Islam Madinah has close to one million permanent inhabitants Madinah is located 447 km North of Makkah

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Seasonality of Traffic
Traffic is seasonal - peak periods during Hajj and Ramadan

Ramadan

Hajj

Pilgrims Commuters

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Key performance requirements


Dedicated new passenger line Length: nearly 500km of new lines Electrified Gradient: up to 3.5% Five minutes headway during peak hours between Jeddah & Makkah Proposed rail travel times: Jeddah Makkah: 30 minutes Jeddah Madinah: 2 hours 30 minutes Makkah Madinah: 3 hours

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Advisors to SRO
Financial

Technical

Legal

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SECTION 2

Traffic forecasts

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MMRLtraffic forecasts
Traffic forecasts supported by:
Historical data / Economic trends Willingness to Pay Survey (by IPSOS) demonstrating inter alia that 80% of all travellers would use the rail service

2010

2030

Traffic flows (millions of passengers) Jeddah Makkah Jeddah Madinah Traffic volumes (billion passenger-km)
Source: SNCF International
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19.2 2.9 3.1

28.1 4.3 4.6

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MMRLcorridor map

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Madinah

Jeddah

Makkah

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SECTION 3

Implementation strategy

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Implementation strategy
MMRL will be implemented in the private sector
The Supreme Economic Council has approved private sector participation in the implementation of the MMRL Project The Council assigned responsibilities as follows:
Inter-ministerial Steering Committee to supervise implementation, chaired by the President of SRO SRO to be Executing Agency

The concessionaire will design, finance, build and operate the MMRL and will transfer it back to the Government after a preagreed duration Land required for the Project will be provided by the Government The Government will provide support to the Project to make it financially attractive to investors

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Next steps
Project Day (Jeddah) Q1, 2006 Pre-qualification invitation Q1/Q2, 2006 Invitation to bid Q3, 2006 Concession award Q4, 2007

www.SaudiRailExpansion.com

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