Riyadh Metro Line 3 Tunnel Excavation Work Completed

Riyadh Metro Line 3 Tunnel Excavation Work Completed :The end of Riyadh Metro Line 3 (the Orange Line) tunnel excavation work was celebrated on 22 January 2017 in the presence of the Riyadh Governor, HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, at the Qasr Al Hoqm Downtown Station.

The Tunnel Boring Machine called Jazlah, 10 m in diameter and weighing approx. 700 tons, started boring on 8 July 2015.

The Governor was accompanied by Civil Service Minister Khaled Abdullah Al-Araj, Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Abdul Lateef Al-Asheikh, Transport Minister Suleiman bin Abdullah Al-Hamdan, Public Transport Authority Head Rumaih Mohammed Al-Rumaih, National Water Company CEO Abdulrahman Mohammed Al-Ibrahim and Riyadh Mayor and ADA Chairman Ibrahim bin Mohammad Al-Sultan.

Line 3 will be mostly elevated along the western part of Al – Madinah Al Munawwarah Road, then underground in bored and mined tunnels in the central section of the line and generally at grade along Prince Saad Ibn Abdulrahman Road. The length of the line is 41.7 km, of which approximately 11 km are underground.

Located near the Governor’s Palace, Qasr Al Hoqm Station will serve Lines 1 and 3.

On the occasion HRH Prince Faisal confirmed that the metro component of the overall King Abdulaziz Project for Riyadh Public Transport is now 48% complete.

With six lines at a total length of 176 km and 85 metro stations, the metro network will cover most of the city’s densely populated areas, public facilities, and the educational, commercial and medical institutions. The network will be connected to King Khalid International Airport and King Abdullah Financial District, main universities, downtown and the Public Transport Center.

The Saudi capital currently counts around 6 million residents and the population is expected to exceed the 8 million mark by 2030. Riyadh Metro is aimed at easing traffic congestion and reducing pollution by cutting the number of vehicles on the city roads.

More official information and pictures can be found on the ArRiyadh Development Authority (ADA) Website

Writer: John Carlo Ottaviani

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