Saudi Arabia: SYSTRA signs a contract for the design of the AlUla tramway


SYSTRA was chosen to design the future tramway for AlUla, a city in northwestern Saudi Arabia.

As part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 plan to further develop the country, the light rail will provide better access to AlUla and the wider region’s architectural, historical and archaeological sites.

In line with the Saudi Green Initiative, the AlUla tramway will be integrated into its natural and cultural environment

The contract, signed on July 1 by SYSTRA and the Royal Commission of AlUla (RCU), stipulates that the engineering and consultancy company will carry out the preliminary design and detailed studies of the AlUla tramway project.

This will cover everything from infrastructure, landscape and architecture to stations, workshops, depots, tracks, rolling stock and systems.

This work will be carried out by SYSTRA with the support of the partners LABA, ARCHAÏOS, ELARD, RGF and ARCOS Engineering.

As part of the contract, SYSTRA is also responsible for drawing up the project’s environmental and social impact study.

This study will focus on the northern alignment, approximately 21 kilometers from AlUla Central Hijaz Station to the Hegra site in the north, covering the rail system right-of-way.

Belal Deiranieh, Managing Director of SYSTRA Saudi Arabia, said:

“We are honored to work alongside the AlUla Royal Commission to design a tram system that aligns with RCU’s vision.

“It will offer passengers a unique and immersive experience, at the heart of this destination, its remarkable culture and heritage, while taking into account innovation, the environment and the low carbon approach of the RCU.

“We look forward to harnessing our global expertise and local know-how, and beginning this journey with RCU.”

SYSTRA has been present in Saudi Arabia since 1987 and has supported the development of transport networks in cities such as Riyadh, Jeddah, Medina and Mecca.

It also recently won a contract to work on the preliminary designs of the Obhur multimodal bridge in Jeddah and several projects related to the NEOM new city project.


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