Alstom has begun conducting initial dynamic tests for the Riyadh Metro, one of the single biggest infrastructure projects in the Middle East.
The test campaign includes the demonstration of the performance of the railway system from power supply to signalling systems.
As part of the FAST consortium, the French company is supplying a fully integrated system for lines 4, 5 and 6 of the metro. This includes 69 trains, the Urbalis signalling system, Hesop energy recovery station as well as tracks.
The entire metro, owned by Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA), consists of 6 lines totalling 176 km and 85 metro stations.
“This test run is a significant milestone for Alstom and for the project. We are proud to conduct the tests in Riyadh in order to deliver a state-of-the-art metro to our customer Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) and the inhabitants and the visitors of Riyadh,” said Didier Pfleger, senior vice president for Middle East and Africa.
A state of the art signalling system will control the speed of the driverless trains, ensuring smooth and safe operations including automatic opening of the train doors.