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From the archives: Construction of Saudi Arabia's Riyadh Metro

Check out how Riyadh Metro's construction programme has grown since ground was broken on the billion-dollar megaproject four years ago in April 2014

Ground construction work for Riyadh Metro began four years ago.
Ground construction work for Riyadh Metro began four years ago.
Pre-construction work for Riyadh Metro began in 2012 [representational image: Alstom].
Pre-construction work for Riyadh Metro began in 2012 [representational image: Alstom].
Winning designs for Riyadh Metro were revealed in 2013.
Winning designs for Riyadh Metro were revealed in 2013.
Ground was broken on the project in 2014 [image: ACTS].
Ground was broken on the project in 2014 [image: ACTS].
The above image captures the exact moment when Sanah TBM broke through at Riyadh Metros Salah Al-Din Station.
The above image captures the exact moment when Sanah TBM broke through at Riyadh Metros Salah Al-Din Station.
An open-cut site on Package three of the Riyadh Metro, which is being handled by the Spanish-led FAST consortium.
An open-cut site on Package three of the Riyadh Metro, which is being handled by the Spanish-led FAST consortium.
Kone will equip Riyadh Metro's Line 3, the longest of the project's six lines.
Kone will equip Riyadh Metro's Line 3, the longest of the project's six lines.
The interior of a Riyadh Metro carriage: the triangle pattern on the chairs is taken from the mud houses of Riyadh, while the vertical handrails resemble branching palm trees [image: Alstom].
The interior of a Riyadh Metro carriage: the triangle pattern on the chairs is taken from the mud houses of Riyadh, while the vertical handrails resemble branching palm trees [image: Alstom].

This month marks four years since ground construction began on Saudi Arabia's Riyadh Metro. 

Pre-construction activities began in 2012, and ground was broken on the billion-dollar megaproject on 3 April, 2014.

READ: Saudi authority receives bids to name 10 Riyadh Metro stations

Six metro lines, named Blue, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, and Purple are being developed as part of the project, which is worth approximately $23bn (SAR86.3bn).

The lines are respectively 38km, 25.3km, 40.7km, 29.6km, 12.9km, and 30km long.

A total of 85 stations will be developed for the metro network, and the facilities will use solar technology to save around 20% of the power required for air-conditioning and lighting, according to Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA), the agency tasked with Riyadh Metro's development.

As the team behind the one of the Gulf's largest transport hubs powers through with its construction programme, check out ConstructionWeekOnline's archives to revisit the historic project's development progress over the years. 

NEXT PAGE: The beginning (2012)

The beginning (2012)

May 2012
Saudi Arabia issues tender for Riyadh metro system

July 2012
Four consortia pre-qualified for Riyadh Metro

May 2012
Winning designs for Riyadh Metro revealed

NEXT PAGE: Taking shape (2013)

Taking shape (2013)

July 2013
Saudi awards $23.5bn of Riyadh Metro contracts
Bechtel consortium confirms $10bn Riyadh Metro win
Samsung's portion of Riyadh Metro worth $2bn

August 2013
Parsons-led group to supervise Riyadh Metro build
Hill Intl, Louis Berger JV lands Riyadh Metro deal

October 2013
Siemens' Riyadh Metro deal worth $2bn
Atkins wins $120m Riyadh Metro deal
Samsung gains extra $250m of Riyadh Metro contract

NEXT PAGE: Laying base (2014)

Laying base (2014)

April 2014
Construction work on $22.5bn Riyadh metro begins

May 2014
BACS consortium gains 11,000 Riyadh Metro visas

September 2014
Saudi Electricity signs $682.5mn Riyadh metro deal

October 2014
ACTS wins geotechnical contract on Riyadh Metro
Lloyd's Register made Riyadh Metro safety assessor
Riyadh Metro construction 'will be a challenge'
Train design unveiled for $22.5bn Riyadh Metro

NEXT PAGE: Paving the way (2015)

Paving the way (2015)

March 2015
Eversendai picks up $55m Riyadh Metro project

May 2015
Riyadh Metro tunneling work begins on six lines

July 2015
Bechtel starts tunneling for Saudi's Riyadh Metro

September 2015
L&T wins $161m deal for Saudi's Riyadh Metro lines

October 2015
FAST Consortium announces Riyadh Metro milestone
Video: 2,000t TBM arrives at Riyadh Metro station

November 2015
Alstom begins train production for Riyadh Metro

NEXT PAGE: Teeming with teams (2016)

Teeming with teams (2016)

January 2016
Pfaff-silberblau signs Riyadh Metro lifting deal

February 2016
Large Doosan fleet deployed on Riyadh Metro project
First Riyadh Metro train complete

March 2016
FAST TBM reaches second Riyadh Metro station early
50% of Riyadh Metro tunnelling complete
Riyadh Metro chief says contractors paid on time

April 2016
Homes planned around Riyadh Metro stations

May 2016
Riyadh Metro feeder mass buses unveiled
Chicago Pneumatic gensets power Riyadh Metro work

June 2016
FAST completes Riyadh Metro Green Line tunnelling
Haulotte provides 150 units for $22bn Riyadh Metro
Terex units install gantry for Riyadh Metro bridge

July 2016
Thyssenkrupp wins 641-unit Riyadh Metro contract

December 2016
Contract awarded for Riyadh Metro lines 1 and 2

NEXT PAGE: Tangible progress (2017)

Tangible progress (2017)

February 2017
Riyadh Metro exceeds three million safe work hours
Alstom completes first Riyadh Metro train units
Riyadh Metro to be operational by 2019

March 2017
Kone to supply 418 units for Riyadh Metro in Saudi
Riyadh Metro will use design to appeal to citizens

May 2017
ACES on track with Riyadh Metro works

September 2017
Otis wins 445-unit deal for Saudi Arabia's Riyadh Metro

NEXT PAGE: Latest updates (2018)

Latest updates (2018)

January 2018
UAE's Tecon wins $6.7m contract for Saudi's Riyadh Metro

April 2018
Saudi authority receives bids to name 10 Riyadh Metro stations

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