Istanbul-Mecca rail link revamped

12 August 2011 12:45

An age-old railway line linking Istanbul with Mecca is set to be resurrected

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.

 

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