Technical support contract awarded for North-South Railway
- Serco-led consortium awarded technical support contract
- North-South Railway due for completion in 2020
- Railway will form part of wider GCC train network
The $185m deal will involve the consortium providing technical support for all passenger and freight operations.
Other members of the consortium include the UKs Freightliner Group, which will take lead responsibility for providing freight expertise and support, and the UKs Network Rail Consulting, which will provide infrastructure technical support.
The $4bn North-South Railway will start in the northwestern region of the kingdom and will terminate in Riyadh, with a further link to Ras al-Khair, Jubail and Dammam in the kingdoms Eastern Province.
The North-South Railway, at more than 2,750 kilometres in length, is one of the largest rail projects currently being developed in the region.
Due for completion by 2020, it will provide a mixed railway line consisting of a heavy-haul freight network, as well as long-distance passenger services.
Much of the railways infrastructure is already completed, with most of the rolling stock procured.
The rolling stock is made up of trains supplied by the US Caterpillar, wagons by Chinas CSR and American Rail Car, and passenger trains supplied by Frances CAF.
Some freight services are already in operation, with passenger services due to start in 2017.
The North-South Railway will connect with the wider GCC rail network that is being developed in neighbouring countries.
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