ArRiyadh Development Authority (ADA) have today completed the end of Tunnel Excavation works for Line 5 (Green Line). Line 5 (Green Line) is one of the three lines being constructed by FAST Consortium – One of  three international Consortia commissioned to build the Riyadh Metro Projects’ six lines.


The announcement took place on June 8th, 2016 during a ceremony in the presence of the Governor of Riyadh, His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Transport Minister His Excellency Suleiman Al Hamdan, in addition to other dignitaries from different Government Ministries and VIP Guests. FAST Consortium is commissioned to build the Yellow, Green, and Purple lines – 33km of viaducts, 22km of underground and 9km of at-grade.

The Green Line runs underground within a bored tunnel along King Abdulaziz Road, one of the main arteries running through the city of Riyadh.The length of the line is 13km and it features 11 deep underground stations, in addition to 2 transfer stations with the Red and Blue lines.


The Riyadh Metro project has seven TBM’s working on the tunneling under the city and today is the second TBM to complete excavation works in the city. In addition to announcing the end of tunnel excavation work, a full-size mock-up of the Riyadh Metropolis trains was unveiled.

The event also marks the kick-off of the construction of the track works, an important milestone for the project. The works will commence within an at-grade section of the Yellow Line, and will be the first tracks to be installed throughout the Riyadh Metro project.

In 2013, FAST consortium  was awarded a contract to supply three metro lines totaling a length of approximately 64 km. A fully integrated metro system will be supplied which includes: 69 Metropolis Trains, Urbalis signalling, the energy recovery system Hesop as well as tracks.

The Metropolis trains for the Riyadh Metro Project are composed of two cars per set and are


each 36 metres long. Each train features three classes: first, family and single class. The trains are driverless and 100% motorized, allowing them to run on gradients of up to a 6% slope.The trains will offer passengers a high level of comfort, ergonomic seating, LED lightning, air conditioning and advanced passenger information systems.

 In addition to the Metropolis trains, FAST will provide Urbalis, its CBTC signalling solution, as well as the power supply and Alstom’s energy recovery system Hesop. All sub systems have been optimised together to reduce energy consumption.


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