Saudi Arabia’s Al-Rashid Trading & Contracting is the low bidder for the contract that covers the construction of the final passenger station on the North-South minerals railway project.

The contract covers the construction in Riyadh of the sixth passenger station and a new headquarters building for the Saudi Railway Company (SAR), which is the client on the project.

Al-Rashid has already won a $419m contract to build five passenger stations on the railway line (MEED 12:1:12). The five stations will be built at Al-Majmaj, Qassim, Hail, Al-Jouf and Qurayat.

Construction of the North-South minerals railway was completed in 2011 and is currently under trial operation, carrying 10,000 tonnes of minerals in 104 wagons. The railway line was built to transport raw materials and phosphates from mines to Ras al-Khair, an industrial zone and port. The 1,400-kilometre North-South line will also run from Riyadh to the Jordanian border.