On Thursday, April 4th, the governor of Riyadh province, Prince Khalid bin Bandar, presided over an event to mark the commencement of construction of the city’s metro system, which began with excavation of F G1 station, at King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh.Work has commenced two months ahead of schedule and is part of the project to build line 4, linking the city’s financial district with the airport. This initial phase includes the integration of three metro stations in the airport, with 4 G1 serving terminal 5.
It is part of a project to design and build Riyadh’s 167km metro line, which has a budget of 16.3 billion euro (US$22.3 billion). FCC is leading the FAST consortium, which is building lines 4, 5 and 6 for 6 billion euro. FCC’s main consortium partners are Korean company Samsung and French company Alstom. Other members are Strukton (The Netherlands), Freyssinet Saudi Arabia, Typsa (Spain), Atkins (UK), and Setec (France).
The contract includes the design and construction of lines 4 (yellow; construction began yesterday with 4 G1 station), 5 (green) and 6 (purple), which will have 25 stations. Construction will include 65km of track: 24km of viaducts, 28km of underground track, and 13km of overground track.
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The event marking commencement of the project by the FAST consortium on line 4 was held at the intersection of Rey Abdullah and Ulaya roads, behind the Sheraton Riyadh Hotel. As head of the Authority supervising the project, Prince Khaled bin Bandar presided over follow-up meetings held with the leaders of the consortia building the metro.
More than 700 workers will participate in the project over the next two years. Since the contract was awarded last July, the consortium team in Riyadh now numbers some 250 people, around 50 of whom are FCC employees from Spain. Another 300 people are located in Madrid, Paris, London, New Delhi and Dubai to provide support for the project. In total, FAST will employ over 15,000 people from more than 15 countries. The execution period established in the contract is five years.
Video about the Riyadh Metro project: