Alstom secures Al-Ula tram deal

25 October 2023
The 22-kilometre-long line will have 17 stations and will be served by 20 trams

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Saudi Arabia’s Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) has announced that France’s Alstom will provide rolling stock and systems for the Al-Ula tram scheme.

The first phase of the tram scheme is a 22.4-kilometre-long line with 17 stations, operated by 20 trams. It will link Al-Ula International airport to five of the area’s historical regions. The system is scheduled to start running in 2027.

France’s Systra is the consultant.

MEED reported in May that RCU was in advanced discussions with Alstom for the project after technical requirements meant other potential bidders withdrew interest in the scheme.

In April 2021, the RCU unveiled an investment plan worth SR57bn ($15bn) to regenerate Al-Ula. About $3.2bn has been allocated for infrastructure development, including the tram and renewable power generation.

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MEED’s October 2023 special report on Saudi Arabia includes: 

> COMMENT: Riyadh reshapes its global role
> POLITICS: Saudi Arabia looks both east and west
> SPORTSaudi Arabia’s football vision goes global
> ECONOMY: Riyadh prioritises stability over headline growth
BANKSSaudi banks track more modest growth path
> UPSTREAMAramco focuses on upstream capacity building

> DOWNSTREAMSaudi chemical and downstream projects in motion
> POWERRiyadh rides power projects surge
> WATERSaudi water projects momentum holds steady
> GIGAPROJECTSGigaproject activity enters full swing
> TRANSPORTInfrastructure projects support Riyadh’s logistics ambitions
> JEDDAH TOWERJeddah developer restarts world’s tallest tower



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