French engineering groups Egis and Systra have been jointly appointed to carry out design studies for the new Madinah Metro system.
The two companies have been appointed by the Madinah Metro Development Authority to design a system that will have three lines (green, red and blue) and will stretch over 95km.
Some 25km of this will be underground and 48km will run on overhead lines, Egis said in a statement.
The consortium will work up feasibility studies and preliminary designs for the metro, including the preparation of tender documents for design and build contractors.
The work is expected to take 12 months, driven by a project team in Madinah.
The Metro is due to come into service in 2020 and will be developed in two phases. It is part of an ambitious plan initiated over the past few years by Saudi Arabia to develop and modernise its transport infrastructure.
As the second holiest city in the country, Madinah has to deal with an influx of several million pilgrims each year.
Egis said this win has added to its Middle East rail project portfolio, which includes project management and construction supervision of three lines of the future Riyadh metro.
Egis is also active in Qatar on the project management of the Doha metro (civil engineering of its yellow line, civil engineering and equipment of Musheireb and Education City stations), and more recently on the project management of the overhead and ground-level sections of the Doha metro.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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