Contributing high quality rails for the new high speed railway line project linking the holy cities of Makkah and Madina, should come as a big plus for Tata Steel. The Indian firm has recently won an order to manufacture up to 60,000 tons of high-quality rails for the project which will allow millions of pilgrims to cross the 444 km, between the two holy cities for the first time at speeds of 200 mph. Work on producing the rail in lengths of 25 m is expected to commence at the end of this year at Tata Steel's plants in Europe and will continue throughout 2014. The line across the Saudi desert which will carry close to 160,000 people a day, will withstand extreme temperatures ranging from freezing to 50C, not to mention sandstorms, flash flooding and shifting dunes. The project which started in 2009, with an estimated cost of more than Euros 12 bn is expected to open to the public by late 2014 or early 2015. It is easy to see why Gerard Glas, rail sector head, Tata Steel, is thrilled with his company's role in the prestigious project,'We are delighted to be contributing to this high-speed line, which will have to overcome some major challenges across some of the most extreme terrain in the world." Apart from the two holy cities, the line will contain three stops two in Jeddah for commuters and one in the new King Abdullah Economic City, a Saudi residential, industrial and commercial macro-complex currently being built.