Saudi Arabian Railway to increase cargo transport to 20 million tons by 2025

September 10, 2018
Fatima Muhammad

Saudi Gazette

— Saudi Arabian Railway Company (SAR) CEO Bashar AlMalik said that the railway network in the kingdom has transported over 12.5 million tons during the past year and he added that they will increase the capacity of their services to be able to transport 20 million tons by 2025. Their transport services, he added, have positively affected the environment as it managed to reduce the use of trucks in the Kingdom by dropping 500,000 trucks offroads.

He said they have also transported 7 million tons of various mineral products since the start of this year until the end of August 2018, an increase of 20 percent compared to last year. SAR also broke a record in transferring phosphate as they have transferred 461,855 tons in August 2018 with an increase of 10,000 tons compared to the same period last year.

Speaking at the Freight Solutions Forum, he highlighted the role of the northern network and said that they seek to achieve Saudi 2030 Vision through connecting economic cities by operating a 2759 km. line that transfers phosphate, bauxite, and molten sulfur. He noted that they take into account the specified regulations for transferring such products safely and efficiently.

The minister of transport and SAR chairman of the board of directors Nabil Al-Amoudi inaugurated on Monday the Freight Solutions Forum at SAR headquarters in Riyadh. The forum was attended by representatives from both public and private sectors.

In his speech, the minister noted that this forum is based on an experience of the national railway sector that transfers goods and minerals. In addition, they are promoting a qualitative economic growth demonstrated in the Kingdom vision through providing innovative freight solutions in order to turn the Kingdom into an international logistic hub.

The forum displayed various boxcars that carry different chemical and petroleum products as well as military equipment and heavy machinery.

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