Officials reveal plan for Jeddah metro

Initial study for the 108km-long metro train network is already complete - transport official.
Officials reveal plan for Jeddah metro
METRO PLAN: Riyadh is planning to build a metro system, similar to one in Dubai. (Getty Images)
By Elsa Baxter
Wed 26 May 2010 08:27 AM

Jeddah mayor Adel Fakieh has revealed that officials are planning to build a metro train network in the Saudi city.

The plan, being put together by the Jeddah municipality and the Ministry of Transport, will take 15 months to complete, officials revealed at a meeting on Tuesday.

A preliminary study into the 108km-long network has already been completed, said Abdul Aziz Al-Ouhali, undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport, reported by Arab News.

The first track will run from Old Makkah Road to downtown, before finishing at Sari Road, the paper reports. The second track will run along Prince Majed Street from King Abdul Aziz International Airport, while the third will run along Palestine Road.

Al-Ouhali said that as part of the second phase of the project, tracks would be laid along King Abdul Aziz Road to the Corniche.

The Jeddah metro is part of wider plans to improve public transport across the kingdom. In November, it was announced that construction workbegan on a light-rail project for Riyadh.

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