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12 August 2011 12:45
An age-old railway line linking Istanbul with Mecca is set to be resurrected
With an iconic rail link between Istanbul and Mecca getting a revamp, backpackers planning their holidays in Turkey with expensive
travel insurance deals can look forward to an exciting itinerary.
The Hijaz railway, which was first built in the Ottoman era, is set to be resurrected and made fully operational in the next four years, according to plans unveiled by the Turkish government.
The launch of high-speed services between Istanbul and Mecca will reduce the distance between the two cities to 24 hours over a 2,200km railway.
According to reports, the line will run through the Turkish cities of Adana and Othmaneya, before passing through Jordan, with Medina as the final destination.
The transport system could take two million people to the Holy Land every year, according to Turkish Railway general manager Soliman Kraman.
26 April 2017
Nearly three-quarters of patients diagnosed with cancer in A&E had previously seen their GP with related symptoms, according to research.
25 April 2017
Researchers recently suggested cycling could reduce the risk of cancer - and now a campaign has launched urging people to get on two wheels.
22 April 2017
The flag for Britain will be flown on a global scale at the forthcoming Clipper Round the World Race.
21 April 2017
Want to lower your risk of suffering cancer or heart disease? Then get on your bike.
20 April 2017
Researchers have made a significant breakthrough in understanding the way in which breast cancer grows and spreads.
19 April 2017
Budget airline easyJet has apologised over an incident in which two passengers were ordered to leave an overbooked flight.
14 April 2017
Holidays have topped the priority lists of people approaching retirement, with close to two thirds (64%) aiming to go on more trips once they leave the world of work behind.
13 April 2017
A major bank has outlined plans to become more "dementia-friendly".
12 April 2017
Restrictions should be put in place to curb the drinking of alcohol before early-morning flights, a House of Lords committee has suggested.
11 April 2017
Drivers heading to airports and ferry ports this bank holiday weekend have been told to expect heavy traffic.
People who are beginning to notice signs of grey hair have more to worry about than their image.
07 April 2017
Women who live in built-up areas could face a higher risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new report.