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Construction work starts on Riyadh metro project

Two routes set to serve Saudi capital city in first phase, aims to cut traffic congestion.

Construction work starts on Riyadh metro project
METRO PLAN: Riyadh is planning to build a metro system, similar to one recently completed in Dubai. (Getty Images)

Construction work has started on a light-rail project for the capital city of Saudi Arabia, where 36 stations will be built in the first phase, it was reported on Tuesday.This project is aimed at reducing congestion in Riyadh where 87 percent of the population use private cars as the primary mode of transport, Arab News reported.

Mohammed Abu-zaid, a spokesman for the Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO) said that eight trains would be received within 36 months from the Spanish company CAF.

The project, which comes under the jurisdiction of Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA), will see 23 stations built on the first route and 13 on a second rail link, according to an ADA report seen by the paper.

An ADA source told Arab News: “The construction works have started on the two railway routes of the city."

The first phase will involve the construction of a 25km north-south route while the second phase will involve a 14km route extending from east to west.

The paper said the first phase of the project was expected to cover 30 districts of the city and will serve 1,500 passengers per hour per track initially and then up to 8,000 passengers per hour.

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Dellboy 10 years ago

Will no doubt help but what happens to the trains during prayer time ??? The shops still close during prayer, perhaps the metro will too ?????? It wouldn't surprise me at all.

reader 10 years ago

I just want to clarify a point to Dellboy from UK London...The law in Saudi Arabia is the Sharia law whether you like it or not, however for your info, the Airport does not close during prayer times, neither do the hospitals and the Hotels...are you surprised now!

Dellboy 10 years ago

I lived there for 10 years.............. so your comments are no surprise to me. My comments however were made 'tongue in cheek' but I should have remembered that KSA and a sense of humour cannot be used in the same sentence.

Kazi 10 years ago

It was good news to the commuter a long waiting project it is must to the city there will less traffic on the road and less accident. Best wishs to ARD.

Saudi 10 years ago

Dellboy, certainly you can not mix KSA & Humor at the same comment. it is a No No :-) Reader, take it easy ... that is not Sharee3ah law. Sharee3ah never said anything about closing business during prayer time except on Friday Prayers. Go read the Book ( Quran ) if you are not sure. What is being practiced in Saudi Arabia has nothing to do with Sharee3ah when it comes to closing shops. I am a Muslim and a citizen of Saudi Arabia and I can attest to that. Regards to all readers

Saudi 10 years ago

As for the commuter rail project ... It is about time that they have done something for the good of the city, the people and the environment. time to think about other places in the kingdom besides Riyadh.

Lubna 9 years ago

Yes , Sharee3ah law doesnt say that anywhere. However, it makes it easy for shop keepers to go and attend the prayer. It is an encouraging process.
I dont think any Muslim should have a problem with that and instead view this from a very positive perspective.