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The Fast consortium has announced that the San'ah tunnel boring machine (TBM) has arrived at Riyadh Metro's Salah Al-Din Station.
New metro networks being planned and built across the Middle East can be a catalyst for sustainable urban development but careful planning is essential to provide long-term flexibility, says Atkins' regional transport strategist Roger Cruickshank.
The Saudi capital Riyadh has set itself a daunting task: to build an automated metro comprising six lines simultaneously in five years. David Briginshaw explains how this ambitious project will be implemented.
THE High Commission for Riyadh Development (HCRD) says that "three major global consortia" have submitted technical and financial offers for the Riyadh Metro project, a six-line driverless network which will eventually encompass 177km and 96 stations in the Saudi capital.
About 80% of the metro network will be underground, and will be served by 34 stations. The capacity of Riyadh’s international airport is anticipated to triple to 25 million passengers a year by 2015 as part of the first phase of planned aviation-sector expenditure totalling $53bn.
Saudi Arabia gave an early nod to four consortia on Monday, including ones led by Canada's Bombardier Inc. (BBDb.TO) and French firm Vinci (SGEF.PA), to build a new metro system in Riyadh to ease congestion on the capital's gridlocked streets.