Xrail will also provide support and service as part of this contract, with staffed based at six maintenance centres situated along the 453km line. The 300km/h line is equipped with ERTMS Level 2.

“This is our second major contract win in the region,” says Xrail managing director, Mr Munir Patel. “Our teams invested significant time, effort and resources to demonstrate the best of British railway engineering which can be exported to the region and we are excited to be given this opportunity again.”

The line reopened last month following a serious fire at Jeddah station, which closed the line from September 26. A 1.5km bypass has been constructed around the damaged station to enable trains to run from Medina to Mecca once more.