UK-based architects Foster + Partners has won a contract to develop a city-wide public transport plan for the Saudi city of Jeddah.
The work will includes the design of metro, ferry, bus, cycle, public spaces and stations.
The Jeddah Public Transport Programme (JPTP) consists of a three-line metro and light rail system, bus network, marine ferries and taxis and the supoportiung infrastructure, a tramway on the Corniche, around 46 stations, park and ride facilities and a bridge over the Obhur Creek.
The development of the metro system will also create a new urban amenity for the city at key locations below the elevated track.
The project is expected to cost $12 billion and authorities want it to be up and running within seven years.
The company said in a statement that it will be taking a “long-term, sustainable approach, which anticipates growth centuries from now”.
The statement added: "Designed in response to the local climate, the masterplan is city-wide and draws on the high-density, compacturban model of the ancient quarter of Al Balad, with its mixture of uses and comfortable, walkable shaded streets.
"Currently only 12 percent of the population live within a 10 minute walk of Jeddah’s transport nodes – the project aims to achieve 50 percent, through a process of densification and strategic planning.
"Each station node will create a new neighbourhood, with a unique character, and together these will create a diverse and vibrant city."
Last year, Aecom Technology Corp secured an 18-month contract to provide consultancy services to support the preliminary planning and design phase of the Jeddah Public Transport Project. In July, French consultancy firm Systra won a contract to provide preliminary engineering designs for the project.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.