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New metro network for Saudi Arabia

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21 May 2013 by Luke McCormick

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have announced plans to build a six-line metro system in just four years to serve Riyadh's fast-growing population.

The showpiece of the new system will the gold-lined and marbled King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) Metro Station, which will serve as a key interchange for Line 1 and be the terminus Line 4 (for airport passengers) and Line 6.

With six platforms over four public floors and two levels of underground car parking, the KAFD Metro Station will be integrated within the financial district and represents its future vision.

The station's sweeping design was created by London-based Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid to mimic the Kingdom's wind-blown sand dunes, allow in the maximum amount of light and keep out the harsh desert sun.

The station will eventually be at the centre of a network of pathways, skybridges, metro lines and a monorail.

Riyadh Metro

Riyadh Metro

Images: Zaha Hadid

Riyadh Metro

Riyadh metro plan

Image: Riyadh Bureau

Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh is experiencing rapid growth and the population has doubled to more than 5 million since 1990.

As a result King Abdullah has instructed a new Riyadh Metro be completed in four years to act as a backbone for public transport in the city.

Governor of Riyadh, Prince Khaled bin Bander, said the project is ‘progressing to plan' and the ArRiyadh Development Authority has released details of the city's public transport plan.

1. Blue line: The 44-km long line will serve the Olaya-Batha-Hayer axis and will include 39 stations.

2. Green line: The 22-km long line will move along King Abdullah road, linking KSU in the west to King Fahad Stadium in the east. It will include 14 stations.

3. Red line: At 45km, it is the longest line. It will be constructed along Madinah, with the old train station in the middle of the line.

4. Orange line: It will link King Khaled International Airport to the new King Abdullah Financial District, with stops at Princess Norah University and Imam

Mohammed bin Saud Islamic University.

5. Yellow line: The 26-km long line will be constructed along King Abdulaziz Road and will include 26 stations.

6. Purple line: This line will serve eastern Riyadh and will feature 9 stations.

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