Foster+Partners win Jeddah public transport deal

Company to oversee design the new metro, ferry, bus, cycle, public spaces and stations

Jeddah's new public transport system should be up and running by 2022, say officials.
Jeddah's new public transport system should be up and running by 2022, say officials.

Foster + Partners is set to develop a city-wide public transport plan for Jeddah.

The UK firm won international design competition and a contract signing ceremony was held to celebrate the appointment. The company was widely tipped for the contract in October last year, and the announcement was made during an industry briefing event on the project this week.

The contract was signed by governor of Makkah Province, HH Prince Khaled bin Faisal bin Abdelaziz Al Saud.

The company said it will be taking a “long-term, sustainable approach, which anticipates growth centuries from now,” he said.

The work will includes the design of metro, ferry, bus, cycle, public spaces and stations. The Jeddah Public Transport Programme (JPTP) consists of a three-line metro and light rail system, bus network, marine ferries and taxis and the supoportiung infrastructure, a tramway on the Corniche, around 46 stations, park and ride facilities and a bridge over the Obhur Creek. The project is expected to cost $12bn (SAR45bn) and authorities want it to be up and running within seven years.

In addition, the development of the metro system will create a new urban amenity for the city of Jeddah at key locations below the elevated track.

A spokesman said: “Designed in response to the local climate, the masterplan is city-wide and draws on the high-density, compact urban model of the ancient quarter of Al Balad, with its mixture of uses and comfortable, walkable shaded streets.

Currently only 12% of the population live within a 10 minute walk of Jeddah’s transport nodes – the project aims to achieve 50%, through a process of densification and strategic planning.

“Each station node will create a new neighbourhood, with a unique character, and together these will create a diverse and vibrant city.

Last year, Aecom Technology Corp secured an 18-month contract worth US$28m to provide consultancy services to support the preliminary planning and design phase of the Jeddah Public Transport Project. In July, French consultancy firm Systra won a $73.6mn (SAR276mn) contract to provide preliminary engineering designs for the project.

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