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A team of the US’ Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB)and Saudi Consulting Services (SaudConsult) has been awarded the contract by state-owned Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO) to carry out a route alignment study on the planned landbridge project, which will connect the industrial city of Jubail in the Eastern Province with Jeddah in the west via Dammam and Riyadh. Under the $3 million contract, the US/local team will study environmental and geological aspects of the planned railway expansion as well as options on upgrading the existing passenger rail track running between Riyadh and Dammam. The study is due to be completed within six months.