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Finnish firm wins deal to give lift to Riyadh Metro project

Kone Corp says will supply 418 elevators and escalators for rail project's longest line

Finnish firm wins deal to give lift to Riyadh Metro project

Finnish stock exchange-listed Kone Corporation has won an order to supply 418 elevators and escalators for line 3 of the multi-billion dollar Riyadh Metro project.

Kone said in a statement that it will equip Riyadh Metro's longest line stretching 41km spread across 22 stations.

The order will comprise 262 Kone escalators and 156 Kone elevators of which 96 will be scenic, it said.

All six lines and 85 stations are scheduled to be operational in 2019 and will be served by electric, driverless trains in what officials describe as the world's largest public transport system currently under development.

“Riyadh is at the centre of fast-paced infrastructure developments with the city’s metro being one of the world’s biggest infrastructure projects. We’re extremely proud to be partnering on this project and help fulfill the demands of the growing commuter base,” said Pierre Liautaud, executive vice president for Kone, South Europe, Middle East and Africa.

In January, Kone won an order to supply 145 elevators and escalators for the new passenger terminal building at Bahrain International Airport (BIA).

The order is part of a major modernisation project at the BIA aimed at making it one of the most modern and futuristic airport buildings in the world.

Kone said that it will supply 85 elevators, 40 escalators, and 20 autowalks.

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