SNCF Gares & Connexions details Saudi plans

SNCF Gares & Connexions details Saudi plans
Updated 04 August 2015

SNCF Gares & Connexions details Saudi plans

SNCF Gares & Connexions details Saudi plans

A delegation from SNCF Gares & Connexions, a branch of SNCF, the French Railways operator, in charge of managing train stations, has spoken about SNCF Gares & Connexions’ plans in the Kingdom and in the Gulf.
The delegation was in Riyadh for the Saudi Transport 2015 Industry Fair. SNCF Gares & Connexions specializes in designing, developing and operating railway stations worldwide.
SNCF has been present for many years in Saudi Arabia through its engineering arm SYSTRA, its architecture subsidiary, AREP and SNCF Logistics through its subsidiary Geodis.
“We have been very impressed by what the Kingdom has already accomplished in such a short period of time,” said Patrick Ropert, CEO of SNCF Gares & Connexions.
SNCF Gares & Connexions, which is carefully reviewing opportunities in the Kingdom in both long distance and mass transit stations, finds that the new stations in the Kingdom, whether they be intercity or metro, are hugely exciting developments; the buildings have been designed with generous space and there is a real ambition to develop a world-class service. Additionally, Saudi customers are heavy users of smart phone services, a trend which opens up numerous new opportunities for cutting-edge service and cost-efficient innovation in the stations, said Ropert.
SNCF Gares & Connexions claims to use a risk-management approach to developing and operating stations.
“Our motto is sustainability, from an environmental, financial, and human perspective. We recognize the need to carefully use our resources and to develop human capital through strengthening skills and knowledge. These are concepts, which are becoming prevalent across the Gulf and ones that we are fully in tune with,” added Ropert.
SNCF Gares & Connexions has developed a proprietary method to reduce forecasting risks around the development and operation of railway stations. As a result, SNCF Gares & Connexions can accurately model virtual station.