FCC finaliza los trabajos de excavacion del túnel de la línea verde del metro Riad
FCC concludes tunnelling work on Riyadh metro green line
The Governor of Riyadh, His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Minister of Transport, His Excellency Suleiman Al-Hamdan, and other dignitaries attended the ceremony to mark this milestone.
The FAST consortium, headed by FCC, has completed tunnelling work on Riyadh Metro line 5 (Green line). The announcement was made at an event held in the Saudi capital that was attended by the Governor of Riyadh, His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Minister of Transport, His Excellency Suleiman Al-Hamdan, and other representatives of government ministries, together with Carlos M. Jarque, CEO of FCC, the Citizen Services Group.
Line 5 (Green line) is one of three lines being built by FAST, one of the three international consortia commissioned to build the six lines comprising Riyadh Metro. FCC's consortium partners are Samsung C&T (South Korea), Alstom (France), Strukton (Netherlands), Freyssinet (Saudi Arabia), Atkins (UK), Typsa (Spain) and Setec (France). In addition to the Green line, the consortium is building the Yellow and Purple lines, which will have the equivalent of 33 kilometres of viaducts, 22 km of underground track, and 9 km of overground track.
The Green Line runs through tunnels dug along the route of King Abdulaziz Road, one of the city's main thoroughfares. It is 13 km long and has 11 underground stations and two stations connecting with the Red and Blue lines.
The Riyadh Metro Project is using seven tunnel-boring machines (TBM); this is the second TBM to achieve breakthrough.
In addition to the announcement of the completion of tunnelling work, a full-scale mock-up of the Metropolis trainsets, manufactured by Alstom, which will be used in the Riyadh Metro, was unveiled. The event also marked the beginning of track-laying, a major milestone in this project. The first tracks will be laid on an overground section of the Yellow line.
Trainsets for the Riyadh Metro project will consists of two cars per set and will measure 36 metres in length. There will be three classes in each train: first, family and single class. The driverless trains will be fully motorised and capable of climbing gradients of up to 6%.
The air-conditioned cars will offer a very comfortable ride, with ergonomic seating, LED lighting and an advanced passenger information system.
About Riyadh Metro
Riyadh Metro will have 85 stations on 6 main lines, measuring a total of 176 kilometres. It will cover most districts of Greater Riyadh, including government buildings, schools, companies and the main hospitals. It will also provide a vital link between King Khalid International Airport, King Abdullah Financial District, downtown, most of the universities, and other segments of the public transit system.
All the stations will be air conditioned and have state-of the art security and safety features. Stations will offer internet access, shops and parking spaces. Riyadh Metro's environmental commitment includes the use of solar power, which will contribute up to 20% of power needs for the main electrical installations.
The project includes a number of iconic stations designed by world-leading architects which will act as hubs for the city's public transit system. They have been designed to encourage passengers from the most densely-populated areas to make use of the integrated bus and Metro networks. The main stations enhance the urban structure and offer a range of services that strengthen the overall mass transit system, such as parking spaces, ticket sales and customer service, as well as shops.
About the FAST Consortium
FAST is one of three consortia commissioned by the Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) to design and build the Riyadh Metro Project. It comprises eight international partners: FCC (Spain), Samsung C&T (South Korea), Alstom (France), Strukton (Netherlands), Freyssinet (Saudi Arabia), Atkins (UK), Typsa (Spain) and Setec (France). The consortium employs 38 nationalities speaking 22 languages and is responsible for delivering 64 kilometres of track and 69 driverless trainsets.