US consultants hired for 950km Saudi railway plan

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By Andy Sambidge  www.arabianbusiness.com

US-based Parsons Brinckerhoff has said it will provide project management consulting services for the design and construction of a new rail line between the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi Landbridge project is a 950km double-track railway connecting Jeddah on the Red Sea—the busiest port in Saudi Arabia and a major gateway for cargo from Europe and North America—with the city of Riyadh.

The firm will be providing project management services for the project in association with Fluor Corporation, which was awarded the management consultancy contract by the Saudi Public Investment Fund. The contract period is approximately eight years.

The new railway will connect with the existing 450km line between Riyadh and King Abdul Aziz Port at Dammam, another major commercial port in Saudi Arabia. More info