Lloyd's Register made Riyadh Metro safety assessor
UK firm will work on Saudi project through to start of network in 2018
The UK's Lloyd's Register has been appointed as independent safety assessor (ISA) for the Riyadh Metro project in Saudi Arabia.
Working on behalf of Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA), this will involve regular assessments and audits of safety plans, processes, activities and documentation from detailed designs through to the start of operations in 2018.
Riyadh’s expanding economy has been the catalyst for rapid urban growth in recent times, with the population set to increase from 5.7mn people today to 8.3mn by 2030, making the need for an efficient and extensive public transport system paramount.
The city’s new transportation system will include both the new metro and extended bus network. Built at a total cost of $30bn, it will be the largest urban public transport project under development worldwide.
The metro network will consist of 85 air-conditioned stations at a mixture of elevated, at-grade, shallow and deep underground locations.
The six-line 175km driverless system will connect central districts of Riyadh with outlying residential areas and the King Khalid International Airport.
Mike Elliott, Middle East rail business manager for Lloyd’s Register, said: "There is a responsibility on all parties to ensure that Riyadh’s first ever metro system is completed on time and to the highest possible safety standards. Though the essence of our role is to retain an objective, independent stance, we are very much part of the project delivery team and will use our experience of systems in Dubai, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and elsewhere to ensure that best practice is brought across and that potential issues and delays are identified and resolved without disruption to the overall project schedule.”