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Arcadis to work on new transport plan for Jeddah

Design and consultancy firm says Hyder unit has been picked to transform Saudi city's public transport system

Arcadis to work on new transport plan for Jeddah

Arcadis, the global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm, has said it has been appointed, as a part of the Foster + Partners team, to develop the architectural vision for a new public transport system in Jeddah.

Based on a long-term, sustainable vision, which anticipates the city's growth, the plan for Jeddah's transport network is city-wide and includes the design of metro, ferry, bus and cycle services - as well as public spaces and nodes of commercial development.

The comprehensive plan includes the design of metro stations, high-spec trains and even the branding, Arcadis said in a statement, adding that its subsidiary Hyder Consulting would work on the project.

"Over the last two years, our railway team has invested time and effort in helping Metro Jeddah Company set up and move this project forward, underlining our commitment to Jeddah and the wider Saudi market," said Sameer Daoud, infrastructure global business leader of Arcadis in the Middle East.

"This is yet another example of the combined multinational strength and technical expertise of Hyder and Arcadis, which has fortified our position in infrastructure design in the Middle East."

Last month, it was announced that UK-based architects Foster + Partners had won the contract to develop a city-wide public transport plan for the Saudi city of Jeddah.

The Jeddah Public Transport Programme (JPTP) consists of a three-line metro and light rail system, bus network, marine ferries and taxis and the supoportiung infrastructure, a tramway on the Corniche, around 46 stations, park and ride facilities and a bridge over the Obhur Creek.

The project is expected to cost $12 billion and authorities want it to be up and running within seven years.

With only 12 percent of Jeddah's population currently living within a 10-minute walk of public transport it is hoped that the new transport system will increase this to 50 percent through a process of densification and strategic planning.

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