Alstom has delivered the first of its Metropolis trains for  Riyadh Metro which has just left Alstom’s plant in Katowice for the capital of Saudi Arabia. As part of the contract awarded in 2013 by Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) to the FAST consortium for the design and construction of lines 4, 5 and 6 of the Riyadh Metro, Alstom’s plant in Katowice will manufacture 69 Metropolis trainsets. The French manufacturer, part of the FAST consortium working on the Riyadh Metro project, is building trainsets for lines 4, 5 and 6 (Yellow, Green and Purple). Bombardier and Siemens are supplying the trains for lines 1, 2 and 3.

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Every step of the trains’ production, including final static and dynamic tests, is carried out in Katowice. Performing tests are aimed to confirm functional performance of the train. After having successfully completed all tests, the first Riyadh metro train has successfully passed the factory acceptance by the customer.

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Thanks to all Alstom employees involved in the Riyadh metro project, we have managed to achieve this great milestone. I am very proud to say, that today, Katowice Site has become a competence and manufacturing centre for metro trains for the entire Alstom Group. Today, we employ around 1000 people in Katowice”- said Radoslaw Banach, Alstom’s Katowice Site Managing Director.

The Metropolis trains for the Riyadh Metro Project are composed of two cars per set and are each 36 meters long. Each train features three classes: first, family and single class. The trains are driverless and 100% motorized, allowing them to run on gradients of up to a 6% slope.

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The trains will offer passengers a high level of comfort, ergonomic seating, LED lightning, air conditioning and advanced passenger information systems.

In addition to the Metropolis trains, Alstom will provide a full integrated Metro system including Urbalis, its CBTC signalling solution, as well as the power supply and Alstom’s energy recovery system Hesop. The metro system has been optimized to reduce energy consumption.

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Part of the Riyadh Public Transport Project (RPTP), the Riyadh metro is a rapid transit system under construction in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The RPTP will be the largest public transport project, which comprises construction of a metro network, a bus system and other transport services in Riyadh.

Construction of the Riyadh metro started in April 2014 and is expected to be completed by 2018. Tunnelling work on Line 1 started in July 2015.

The metro project will be owned and operated by the Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA). The project will have an execution period of five years and an optional maintenance service period for the next ten years. It is expected to create about 15,000 jobs in Saudi Arabia.

Contractors involved with the Riyadh metro project

ADA awarded the design and construction contract of the Riyadh metro to three consortiums BACS, ANM and FAST, in August 2013.

The BACS consortium includes Bechtel, Almabani General Contractors, Consolidated Contractors Company and Siemens. The consortium is led by Bechtel and will design and construct the metro lines 1 and 2. It will also be responsible for the train cars, signalling, electrification and integration of the lines to the metro network. The contract value is $9.4bn.

ANM’s $5.2bn contract includes construction of Line 3 of the metro, Qasr Al Hokom station and Western Station. The ArRiyadh New Mobility (ANM) consortium includes Ansaldo STS, Salini-Impregilo, Larsen & Toubro, Nesma and Bombardier. Larsen & Toubro and Nesma will provide civil works services, Bombardier will look after the procurement of the vehicles and Ansaldo STS will provide technology support services for the Line 3.

Ansaldo STS will also provide signalling support services, automation train control (ATC) and communication-based train control (CBTC) and other telecommunication services. The contract value for Ansaldo STS is $680m with an option to add $249m for maintenance of Line 3 for the next ten years.

Led by FCC Construccion, FAST received a $7.9bn contract to construct and design Lines 4, 5 and 6 of the metro. The consortium includes FCC Construccion, Samsung, Alstom, Strukton, Freyssinet Saudi Arabia, Typsa and Setec. The scope of contract includes construction of 64.6km of rail track, 29.8km of viaducts, 26.6km of underground track and 8.2km of overground track.

Underground tunnels will be built with the help of three tunnel boring machines (TBM). The tunnels will have a 10m-diameter to facilitate the three metro lines. The $7.9bn will be financed through the Public Investment Fund of the Government of Saudi Arabia.

Alstom will provide its automated driverless metro system for the metro project under a $1.5bn (€1.2bn) contract.

In August 2013, a joint venture of Louis Berger and Hill International was awarded a $265m contract to offer project and construction management services for Lines 4, 5 and 6 and associated stations and tunnels. A joint venture of Egis, Parsons and Systra received a €425m ($563m) project management contract for Lines 1, 2 and 3.

L&T Construction won a $161.37m contract to design and construct ballastless tracks for Lines 1 and 2. Indra received a €266m ($320m) ticketing and access control technology contract for the Riyadh metro in January 2015.

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