Riyadh metro work officially begins with groundbreaking ceremony

Riyadh metro work officially begins with groundbreaking ceremony:With a groundbreaking ceremony led by Riyadh Governor Prince Khaled bin Bandar, construction of the Riyadh metro officially began on April 3.

The construction work began at 5 sites simultaneously, namely King Khaled International Airport, Olaya at the intersection of line 1 and 2, the site of the control centre on Line 4 , close to Princess Nora University. The six-line, 176 km network is expected to be completed by 2019.

BACS consortium led by Bechtel and including Almabani General Contractors, Consolidated Contractors Company and Siemens are designing and building Lines 1 and 2 under a US$9·45bn contract.

Line 3 is being built and designed by The ArRiyadh New Mobility under a US$5·21bn contract. The consortium comprises 2 groups: the Electrical Work Group comprising Ansaldo STS and Bombardier Transportation, and the Civil Work Group of Salini-Impregilo, Larsen & Toubro and Nesma.

Lines 4, 5 and 6 are to be built by the FAST consortium led by FCC and including Samsung C&T, Alstom, Strukton, Freyssinet Saudi Arabia, Typsa and Setec for US$7·82bn.

Riyadh metro work officially begins with groundbreaking ceremony

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