The new Riyadh Metro

Using the benchmark: Woertz fire safety systems

The Riyadh Metro (‘Riyadh Public Trans­port Pro­ject’) is an under­ground system cur­r­ent­ly under con­struc­tion in the Sau­di Ara­bi­an capi­tal. In 2013, the Coun­cil of Mini­sters of Sau­di Ara­bia appro­ved the pro­ject plan; its com­ple­ti­on is sche­du­led for 2021. It con­sti­tu­tes the lar­gest sin­gle infra­st­ruc­tu­ral mea­su­re ever under­ta­ken in the country’s histo­ry.

The under­ground net­work will be the back­bone of Riyadh’s public trans­port system. With six lines, an over­all length of 176 kilo­metres and a total of 85 sta­ti­ons, it will cover the vast majo­ri­ty of the city’s den­sely popu­la­ted resi­den­ti­al are­as, public faci­li­ties and edu­ca­tio­nal, retail and medi­cal insti­tu­ti­ons. Both the over­ground and under­ground metro net­work con­nect the King Kha­lid Inter­na­tio­nal Air­port, the King Abdul­lah Finan­ci­al District, the main uni­ver­si­ties and the city cent­re.

The Metro net­work runs on cut­ting-edge tech­no­lo­gy: its trains are dri­v­er­less and ful­ly auto­ma­ted, con­trol­led and moni­to­red from cen­tral con­trol rooms. Its safe­ty light­ing meets the hig­hest stan­dards, as the city uses the renow­ned Woertz fire safe­ty system. A total of 150 km of Woertz rib­bon cables and 6,000 Woertz rib­bon cable con­nec­tors inter­link the safe­ty light­ing system in the under­ground sec­tions of the net­work.