VIDEO: Latest on the world's biggest rail infrastructure project in Saudi Arabia

January 11, 2016

Video review a summary of the progress in the implementation of King Abdulaziz project for public transport - train, bus, and highlighted the work being currently implemented in more than 170 locations throughout the network six train and bus routes around the city.

يستعرض الفيديو موجزاً عن سير العمل في تنفيذ مشروع ‏الملك عبدالعزيز للنقل العام - القطار والحافلات، وأبرز الأعمال الجاري تنفيذها حالياً في أكثر من 170‏موقعاً على امتداد مسارات شبكة القطار الستةوالحافلاتفي مختلف أرجاء المدينة.‏

Six lines covering 176km, 85 stations and 69 trains. The Riyadh Metro is the biggest infrastructure project in the world and this new 12-minute video takes you underground to see progress at this exciting project, which is set for completion in 2019.

The multi-billion dollar contract is divided into three parts, awarded to three  different consortia in 2013:

Lines 1 and 2

The BACS consortium led by Bechtel and including Almabani General Contractors, Consolidated Contractors Company and Siemens is to design and build lines 1 and 2, totalling 63·3 km. The contract is valued at US$9·45bn.

Much of the north - south Line 1 will be underground, while east - west Line 2 will be mostly elevated in a road median strip.

Line 3

The ArRiyadh New Mobility consortium has been awarded a US$5·21bn contract to design and build Line 3, which will be the longest line at 40·7 km and have 22 stations.

The consortium comprises two groups. The electrical and mechanical equipment is to be delivered by the Electrical Work Group comprising Ansaldo STS and Bombardier Transportation. Infrastructure will be delivered by the Civil Work Group of Salini-Impregilo, Larsen & Toubro, and Nesma.

The consortium is led by Ansaldo STS, with a US$680m share of the contract which CEO Sergio De Luca described as 'one of the most important in our history'. This includes provision of automation systems, CBTC, third rail power supplies, the control centre, telecoms and fitting out the depots.

Bombardier Transportation's US$383m share of the contract includes the supply of 47 two-car driverless Innovia Metro 300 trains with Mitrac traction equipment.

The consortium is also to build the landmark Qasr Al Hokom and Western stations, taking the total value of the works to US$5·9bn. There is also a potential option worth US$249m for 10 years of maintenance of the line.

Lines 4, 5, 6

The FAST consortium led by Spanish construction group FCC and including Samsung C&T, Alstom, Strukton, Freyssinet Saudi Arabia, Typsa and Setec is to build lines 4, 5 and 6 for US$7·82bn. FCC said this would be 'the largest international contract in the history of construction in which a Spanish company has been awarded a contract.'

The contract cover the design and construction of three lines totalling 64·6 km. This includes 25 stations, 29·8 km of viaduct and 8·2 km at-grade, with three tunnel boring machines to be used to build the 26·6 km of the lines in 10 m diameter tunnel.

Alstom's €1·2bn share of the contract includes supplying 69 two-car Metropolis automated trainsets about 36 m long and 2 710 mm wide, along with Urbalis signalling, its Appitrack mechanised tracklaying technology and HESOP substations which allow regenerated electricity to be returned to the grid.

There is an option for 10 years of maintenance.

  • Line  1  (Blue Line) runs in the North-South direction along Olaya and Batha streets, starting from slightly north of King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Street and ending at Dar Al Badia neighbourhood in the south. The Metro will be mostly underground in a bored tunnel along Olaya and King Faisal Streets, and elevated on a viaduct along Batha Street and at the northern and southern ends. Line 1 extends over a length of approximately 38 km (24 mi) and features 22 stations, in addition to 4 transfer stations with Lines 2, 3, 5, and 4&6.
  • Line  2  (Red Line) runs in the East-West direction along King Abdullah Road, between King Saud University and the Eastern Sub-Center, mostly on a raised strip in the median of the planned freeway. This Line extends over a length of about 25.3 km (15.7 mi) and features 13 stations, in addition to 3 transfer stations with Lines 1, 5 and 6.
  • Line  3  (Orange Line) runs in the East-West direction along Al – Madinah Al Munawwarah and Prince Saad Bin Abdulrahman Al Awal Roads, starting at the west near Jeddah Expressway and ending at the east near the National Guard Camp of Khashm El Aan. The Metro will be mostly elevated along the western part of Al – Madinah Al Munawwarah Road, then underground in bored and mined tunnels in the central section of the line, and generally at grade along Prince Saad Ibn Abdulrahman Road. The length of the line is approximately 40.7 km (25.3 mi) and it features 20 stations, in addition to 2 transfer stations with Lines 1 and 6.
  • Line  5  (Green Line) runs underground in a bored tunnel along King Abdulaziz Street, between King Abdul Aziz Historical Centreand the Riyadh Airbase, before connecting with King Abdullah Road. The length of the line is about 12.9 km (8.0 mi) and it features 10 stations, in addition to 2 transfer stations with Lines 1 and 2.
  • Line  6  (Purple Line) follows a half-ring starting at King Abdullah Financial District, passing by Imam Mohamed Bin Saud University and ending at Prince Saad Ibn Abdulrahman Al Awal Road. It runs mostly elevated except along Sheikh Hasan Bin Husein Bin Ali Street. The length of the line is approximately 29.9 km (18.6 mi) and it features 8 stations (3 common with Line 4), in addition to 3 transfer stations with Lines 1, 2 and 3.

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