Saudi Arabia sets down major transport plan

Source: ConstructionWeekOnline
KSA’s Council of Ministers has agreed on a new transport system that is designed to ease congestion in the Kingdom’s major cities, improve public transport and spur economic and social development.
The plan will be rolled out in stages and will begin in Riyadh with new buses and trains. Details of the project have not been released, but officials have placed a four year deadline on the project – and announced plans to cut the number of cars on the road.

The Cabinet, chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, set up a high-level committee under the chairmanship of Riyadh governor to supervise the project’s implementation.
“The committee can make use of the expertise of specialized international companies and its chairman has to present progress reports of work every three months,” Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja told reporters after the cabinet meeting.

Saudi Arabia has already embarked on one of the most ambitious rail projects of any nation. The Kingdom currently has billions tied up in major rail projects – including the Haramain High Speed Rail network, the Saudi Landbridge, and the enormous North-South rail network linking the capital Riyadh with the Jordanian border and, via branch lines, to the country’s mining and industrial centres.