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Saudi holy city awards $100m deal to revamp transport systems

Consultant Louis Berger wins contract to project manage plans to meet demand from Madinah residents, pilgrims

Saudi holy city awards $100m deal to revamp transport systems

Consultant Louis Berger has been hired to project manage a major revamp of transport systems in a holy city in Saudi Arabia.

Prince Faisal bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, chairman of Al Madinah Al Munawwarah Development Authority (MMDA), has signed a contract with Louis Berger for the transportation infrastructure initiative worth SR375 million ($100 million).

The deal is part of MMDA's plan to prepare Madinah, the second holiest city in the Muslim world, to meet the expectations of both permanent residents and visitors through to 2040.

With a major expansion of both the Prophet's Mosque and to the city's airport, projections indicate as many as 8.6 million Umrah visitors and 3.6 million Hajj pilgrims will visit the city in 2040.

The programme will address current and future challenges related to crowding, traffic congestion and environmental pollution caused by vehicle emissions.

"We could not be prouder to be associated with MMDA in the implementation of the MPTP for the holy city of Madinah," said D James Stamatis, president of Louis Berger's international operations.

"The implementation of an advanced public transportation system will endow Madinah with one of the most advanced transportation systems in the world."

The contract will extend over a five year period, during which Louis Berger will support and assist with MPTP's strategic planning.

The MPTP includes a comprehensive metro and bus network, as well as substantial upgrades and new construction for the primary road network.

"Once completed, MPTP will boast world class transportation facilities, enabling the city to ensure the safety of its citizens, visitors and pilgrims - all while enabling greater knowledge transfer and training for Saudi professionals," said Thomas Topolski, Louis Berger's executive vice president and managing director, Middle East and North Africa.

MMDA is a Saudi Arabian governmental organisation focused on developing the city of Madinah, which has nearly 1.1 million residents.

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