Alstom starts test runs of Riyadh Metro
Alstom has started carrying out dynamic tests of Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Metro Project at the Line 4 Depot Test Track in Riyadh.
The company will test the overall railway system, including power supply, signalling systems and rolling stock.
Owned by Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA), the Riyadh Metro Project comprises six lines, amounting to 176km with 85 metro stations.
Alstom, which is operating as part of the FAST consortium, is responsible for delivering an integrated metro system for lines 4, 5 and 6.
The service includes 69 Metropolis-based trains, the Urbalis signalling system, the Hesop energy recovery station and tracks.
“We are proud to conduct the tests in Riyadh in order to deliver a state-of-the-art metro to our customer Arriyadh Development Authority, the inhabitants and visitors of Riyadh.”
The 36m-long Metropolis-based trains are composed of two cars and feature three different classes – first, family and singles.
Equipped with air conditioning, ergonomic seating arrangement, LED lighting and a passenger information system, the driverless trains are designed to provide a comforting travelling experience to the passengers.
Alstom Middle East and Africa senior vice-president Didier Pfleger said: “This test run is a significant milestone for Alstom and for the project.
“We are proud to conduct the tests in Riyadh in order to deliver a state-of-the-art metro to our customer Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) and the inhabitants and the visitors of Riyadh.”
All train operations, including the speed of the vehicles, will be guided by a signalling system to facilitate smooth service.
All stations of the metro system will also be air-conditioned and equipped with platform screen doors.
The passengers will be provided with real-time information about the service through screens and loudspeakers at the station platforms, as well as onboard.