ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The Arriyadh Development Authority has marked the completion of excavation work for Riyadh’s green line, one of six lines that will make up the city’s metro system. Louis Berger, through its Riyadh Advanced Metro Project Execution and Delivery (RAMPED) joint venture with Hill International, is providing project management and construction management services for three of Riyadh Metro’s six lines.

The San’ah tunnel boring machine completes excavation of the green line while dignitaries look on.
The San’ah tunnel boring machine (TBM) completes excavation of Riyadh's green line, one of six lines that will make up the city’s metro system.

“With the completion of excavation work on the green line, the Riyadh Public Transport Project is a step closer to giving the city’s fast growing population an efficient, eco-friendly option for moving about Riyadh,” said Belal Deiranieh, Louis Berger senior vice president and Middle East managing director. “We are thrilled to play a role in ensuring the green, yellow and purple lines continue reach this and other important milestones in the lead up to the system’s completion in 2019.” 

The San’ah tunnel boring machine (TBM), one of seven TBMs to be used across the Riyadh Metro project, began excavation of the green line in June 2015. H.R.H. Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the governor of Riyadh, and Sulaiman Al-Hamdan, the Saudi transportation minister, were among several dignitaries who attended the June ceremony marking the end of the San’ah TBM’s excavation work.   

Riyadh Metro’s green line — also known as “Line 5” — runs underground in a bored tunnel along King Abdul Aziz Road, between King Abdul Aziz Historical Centre and the Riyadh Airbase, before connecting with King Abdullah Road. The line spans almost 13 kilometers (approximately 8 miles) and features 11 stations, an underground depot, in addition to two transfer stations with Lines 1 (blue) and 2 (red).

Scheduled for opening in 2019, the system’s six lines will cover 176 kilometers (approximately 109 miles), feature electric, driverless trains and connect to a 1,150 kilometer (approximately 715 mile) bus network.  

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