The capitals 176-kilometre metro system will start operating in 2019
Arriyadh Development Authority
Tel: (+966) 11 488 3331
Dar al-Handasah (Shair & Partners)
Tel: (+966) 11 201 3001
The Riyadh Metro project is setting the pace for the development of public transport schemes across Saudi Arabia. Following the capitals lead, most of the kingdoms major cities are looking to build their own metro, light rail or bus networks to ease traffic congestion in urban areas.
Plans to build the Riyadh Metro were approved in April 2012 by the Council of Ministers as part of the Riyadh Public Transport project. Due to be operational in 2019, the network is set to be 176 kilometres long with 85 stations. Six lines are planned Blue, Green, Red, Orange, Yellow and Purple (also numbered 1-5, respectively) and trains are expected to reach an average speed of 40km an hour.
Beirut-based Dar al-Handasah and Frances Egis Rail worked on preliminary designs for the metro project.
|Apr-12||Metro scheme approved by the Council of Ministers as part of the Riyadh Public Transport project|
|Jul-12||Prequalification documents for metro construction contracts submitted|
|Aug-12||Tender for construction contracts issued|
|Feb-13||Bids submitted from three main consortiums for the design and build contracts|
|Apr-13||Bids submitted for project management consultancy contracts|
|May-13||Arriyadh Development Authority announces that architects from Norway and the UK will design three of the stations|
|Jul-13||$22bn-worth of construction contracts awarded to contractors|
In order to procure the design and build contracts, the client divided the six-line project into five major design and build packages, with lines 1 and 2 combined into one package and the other lines each as a single package. All the bundles include the supply of rolling stock.
On 28 July 2013, Arriyadh Development Authority awarded the main construction contracts worth more than $22bn to three consortiums.
Spanish firm FCC Construccion heads up the consortium known as FAST, while the US Bechtel leads the BACS consortium. Italian firm Ansaldo STS is the leader of the Arriyadh New Mobility group. The FAST consortium won lines 4, 5 and 6, which are reported to be valued at $7.82bn; the BACS consortium picked up lines 1 and 2, worth $9.45bn, while Arriyadh New Mobility secured line 3 for $5.21bn.
Following the award of the construction deals, the contractors released details of the rolling stock and systems they will supply. Key rolling stock providers are Frances Alstom, Canadas Bombardier, Italys Ansaldo STS and Germanys Siemens.
In mid-August, two joint ventures were selected for the project management packages. A joint venture of the US Parsons International and Frances Egis has been chosen to manage the two packages covering lines 1, 2 and 3, while the US team of Louis Berger and Hill International has been picked for the package covering lines 4, 5 and 6.
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