New Saudi metro to be run by women

Princess Nora bin Abdulraham University railway network will be staffed by 55 women - report

(AFP/Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

(AFP/Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

A new metro network in Saudi Arabia is to be entirely operated by female staff, according to a news report in the kingdom.

The rail system, located within the confines of the Princess Nora bin Abdulraham University in Riyadh, is due to begin running in September, English-language Arab News reported.

The project is being administered by the Saudi Railway Company and cost around $150m, the newspaper said, quoting a senior executive at one of the providers involved in the network.

While the rail system is driverless, it will be operated by a team of 55 women trained in Denmark, said Eduardo La Ficara, commercial manager at Ansaldo STS, which provides automation technology for railways.

Saudi Arabia currently has investments totalling $31bn in its rail sector, with plans for metro systems in Riyadh and Jeddah. The country also plans to link up its railway system with a wider GCC rail network.

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