Foster and Partners wins Jeddah Metro contract.

Saudi Arabia has awarded a SR300 million ($80 million) architectural designing contract to British group Foster and Partners for the Jeddah public transport metro system, said a report.

This is the third basic contract for the Jeddah public transport metro system. The first two were awarded last year, reported the Saudi Gazette.

Under this contract, Foster and Partners will be responsible for the designing of all metro stations, buildings, trains, buses, and means of marine transport of the new $12 billion metro system.

The Jeddah public transport system includes a light train network over a distance of 67 km from Makkah Road to Obhur via central Jeddah. The three-line network will have 22 stations, stated the report.

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A 24-km line will link King Abdulaziz International Airport to Haramain Railway Station at Sulaimaniya District near the Old Airport area. It will boast of 17 new stations.

Another 17-km line with seven stations will link the Haramain station with Corniche via Palestine Road, said the report, citing senior Jeddah Metro Company officials.

The system also includes a network of 816 buses plying over a total length of 750 km. A sea transport network with 10 stations will be built along the Corniche with the aim of boosting tourism and entertainment, it added.

Jeddah Metro Company aims to complete the project work by 2020 and start its operations in the next two years. With its launch, the authorities will be able to cut 30 per cent of Jeddah’s traffic within the next 20 years, the report added.

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