Fresh behind-the-scenes images show The Line’s transport network taking shape

NEOM is building a network of service tunnels.
  • NEOM is building a network of service tunnels under ‘The Line’
  • Once complete, the tunnels will be used for a high-speed train network
  • The train will connect The Line to the floating port city known as ‘Oxagon’

Published on Apr 24, 2024 at 12:14PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Apr 24, 2024 at 12:14PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Tom Wood
The Line lead image

There’s been a lot of talk surrounding progress in the construction of The Line in Saudi Arabia.

Well, progress is still being made, and NEOM is still regularly sharing news and updates.

In the latest post shared on X, NEOM unveiled a new addition to the project.

READ MORE: Images of ‘Xaynor’ city in Saudi Arabia’s giga-project shows huge development

The newest post reveals something we’d never seen before, a network of service tunnels for The Line.

The post first appeared on Elon Musk’s platform, shared by an account linked to the Spanish embassy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

This is because 25 percent of the work required to build the tunnels under the desert surface was outsourced to Spanish companies.

A network of tunnels, dubbed ‘The Spine’, is being built with one specific purpose in mind.

This is because, once complete, the tunnels will be used for a high-speed train network that will connect The Line to Oxagon (below), a planned floating port city.

According to projections, the train will be capable of traveling at speeds of up to 317 mph (510 km/h) and connect one end to the other in just 20 minutes.

The network will cover 105 miles (165 km) along The Line.

The only ‘minor’ inconvenience is the cost.

There will be 10 regions in total as part of Saudi Arabia’s giga-project, and The Line alone is expected to cost at least $500 billion.

NEOM keeps indicating ‘2030’ as a key year for the project, but the 2030 deadline isn’t exactly what we think.

The higher-ups working on The Line, and NEOM in general, said they target 2030 as the expected deadline for the project to start taking shape.

In other words, the whole thing won’t be finished by 2030, but we reasonably expect it to look like a city, with its first few citizens, by that point.

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