Jeddah Metro to be operational by 2022
Senior figure says two years of testing required after construction
The metro will go into service after a series of safety tests are conducted in the months after the project is set to be handed over in 2020, Al-Madinah daily reported.
Abdu said that the $12bn (SAR 45bn) project is already posing some significant challenges before construction has even begun, such as infrastructure, traffic flow and ownership of land issues.
“This project is the biggest at present in Jeddah and it will have socio-economic effects on all parts of the province. Designing and planning an integrated public transportation network on an existing city is a big and difficult challenge, especially since there are other projects being simultaneously carried out," he said.
"However, planning, the availability of international consultants and learning from the experiences of pioneering countries in public transportation will help in accomplishing the project,” he added.
To reach the metro system's target of accommodating 30% of the city’s traffic in 20 years, Abdu said policies will be rolled out that seek to support and encourage the use of public transportation. At present, public transportation accounts for only 1 to 2% of commuters in Jeddah.
The Jeddah Metro project is in early design stages, with Aecom Arabia Company providing consultancy services for the preparatory project management programme at a cost of $28mn (SAR 105.2mn) over a period of 18 months.
In July, French consultancy firm Systra won a $73.6mn (SAR276mn) contract to provide preliminary engineering designs for the project.
The company is looking at all previous plans for the project and has 20 months to develop a new design, according to local media reports.