Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) has awarded Capital Metro COmpany (CAMCO) the 12-year operation and maintenance contract for lines 1 and 2 of the Riyadh Metro.
CAMCO – a joint venture between RATP Dev and Saudi Public Transport Company – will be responsible for operations, security, assistance to travelers, facility management and maintenance of spaces as well as the trains, signalling, telecoms and power supply.
The contract stipulates that 45 per cent of the positions must be filled by Saudi Arabians, a policy known as Saudization, and that a minimum of 55 per cent of suppliers must be local.
RATP Dev president Laurence Batlle said: “The Riyadh metro will play a vital role in the economic development of the Saudi capital.
“It will enhance its competitiveness while improving the way of life and mobility of its inhabitants, as defined in the 2030 Vision of the Kingdom.
“We are proud to be able to support the ADA strategy and to have the opportunity to participate in the creation of the public transport sector in Saudi Arabia.”
Line 1, known as the Blue Line, is located on the 39km-long Al-Olaya-Al-Batha axis and serves 25 stations. Line 2, known as the Red Line, runs along King Abdullah Road for 25km and serves 15 stations.
The FLOW Consortium – a partnership between Alstom, Ansaldo STS and Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane – was recently awarded a 12-year contract to operate lines 3, 4, 5 and 6.
The Riyadh Metro is the backbone of the Saudi Arabian capital’s public transport system, with six lines totalling 176km in length and serving 85 stations.