Riyadh’s first rapid transit system

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

Riyadh announced details of the first rapid transit system that will comprise a metro and bus network.

Built at a total cost of $30 billion, it is the largest public transport project in development worldwide.

Riyadh’s expanding economy has seen rapid urban growth, with a population set to increase from 5.7 million people today to 8.3 million by 2030, hence making the need to have a public transport system paramount.


The metro network will consist of 85 air-conditioned stations at a mixture of elevated, at-grade, shallow underground and deep underground locations. The six-line 175km driverless system will connect central districts of Riyadh with outlying residential areas and the King Khalid International Airport.

Of their appointment as the Independent Safety Assessor (ISA) on the project Mike Elliott, Middle East Rail Business Manager for Lloyd’s Register, said

“There is a responsibility on all parties to ensure that Riyadh’s first ever metro system is completed on time and to the highest possible safety standards. Though the essence of our role is to retain an objective, independent stance, we are very much part of the project delivery team and will use our experience of systems in Dubai, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and elsewhere to ensure that best practice is brought across and that potential issues and delays are identified and resolved without disruption to the overall project schedule.”

Lloyd’s Register has a proven record of providing independent safety assessments in the Middle East region, with appointments on Etihad Rail, the Qatar Rail Development Program and the Dubai Metro, as well as similar assessment services on Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro in Mecca and the Personal Rapid Transport system at Masdar City in Abu Dhabi



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