SYSTRA is part of a consortium of contractors which is carrying out the preliminary design of a huge railway project in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Landbridge Project.
BOOSTING TRADE AND PASSENGER TRANSPORT
The project involves the creation of a passenger and logistics network of more than 2,000km across the country, from the Red Sea to the east coast, similar to the Etihad Rail project being carried out in the United Arab Emirates. It will link by rail the Red Sea to the Gulf for the first time via a landbridge between the logistical zones of the Port of Dammam, open to Asia, and that of Jeddah, in liaison with Europe and the Americas.
Cutting-edge technologies for a range of challenges
The France and SYSTRA Canada teams specialised in rail infrastructure are preparing preliminary designs focusing on different areas of expertise including track, large infrastructures, earthworks, hydrology, and geotechnology. Part of the line will be a mixed heavy freight and passenger line (200km) with ERTMS level 2 signalling and centralised traffic command system.
The Saudi Landbridge Project not only aims to give a strategic position for the Kingdom in the logistics sector and make it an indispensable player in the region; it is also an administrative challenge: if it succeeds it will be its first railway built on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis.