Riyadh public transport project is 57% complete, says acting governor

Acting Riyadh Gov. Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz, center, poses with officials and workers of King Abdul Aziz Project for Public Transport, in Riyadh on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 08 August 2017

Riyadh public transport project is 57% complete, says acting governor

JEDDAH: Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz, acting Riyadh governor and vice-chairman of the Higher Committee for the implementation of the King Abdul Aziz Project for Public Transport in Riyadh, visited the Riyadh Metro project on Sunday. He was briefed on the developments and working techniques, as well as on the security and safety arrangements of the project.
On his arrival, Prince Mohammed was received by officials from the Higher Commission for the Development of Riyadh (HCDR).
“Work on the implementation of the Riyadh metro project is proceeding at steady steps according to the devised plans and programs. The completion rate of the project so far is 57 percent in all works and components of the project. The project will enhance Riyadh’s position among the most advanced cities of the world,” Prince Mohammed said in a press statement.
Upon his arrival to the location of the Green Line station (King Abdul Aziz Road axis), adjacent to the intersection of King Abdul Aziz Road and Prince Mamdouh bin Abdul Aziz Road in Sulaymaniyah district, the Prince was briefed on security and safety procedures.
Prince Mohammed then watched a short film about the deep tunneling work in the project, produced by the Supreme Commission earlier this year.
The drilling included three tunnels in three lines of the train network with a total length of 34 kilometers, through seven giant TBM tunneling machines.
Prince Mohammed was also briefed on the design of the station, its components and capacity of passengers, which is estimated at 53,000 passengers a day.
He watched a short film about the installation of bridges on the fourth track of the project, using giant bridge-building machines that were first used in the Kingdom.
During the visit, he toured King Abdul Aziz Road and was briefed on the work of implementing the infrastructure project for the Bus Project.
The bus project includes the construction of a bus transport network covering the entire city of Riyadh.
The public transport project in Riyadh — a metro network and a parallel bus network — is part of a plan for public transport developed by the HCDR.
The program aims to provide residents and visitors with suitable public transportation services, diversify means of transportation in the city and limit the use of private cars.


Arab coalition says Yemeni prisoner swap ‘positive’ step

Updated 27 September 2020

Arab coalition says Yemeni prisoner swap ‘positive’ step

  • Agreement includes release of 15 Saudi soldiers, 4 Sudanese nationals
  • Red Cross to supervise prisoner exchange process in Yemen

RIYADH: The Arab coalition fighting to restore the legitimate government in Yemen said on Sunday that it views a Yemeni prisoner swap as a “positive agreement.”
Yemen’s warring sides agreed earlier on Sunday to exchange 1,081 detainees and prisoners during the first stage of talks in Switzerland.
The Arab coalition said the prisoner exchange agreement was “purely humanitarian,” and in line with the Stockholm Agreement.
It has almost been two years since an agreement between the Yemeni government and the Iran-backed Houthi militia was signed in Sweden, with the aim of ending the brutal conflict that has led to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
Spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the Houthi militia will release 400 government prisoners while the Yemeni government will free 681 Houthi fighters, including on-the-ground deals for 20 prisoners.
Col. Al-Maliki said the coalition’s top priority is to recover the prisoners as soon as possible, adding that the agreement included the release of 15 Saudi soldiers and four Sudanese nationals.
He also said the Red Cross is expected to supervise the prisoner exchange process in Yemen.
Col. Al-Maliki called on the Houthi militia to not undermine the efforts of the UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, saying there was a real desire to implement all the points of the Stockholm Agreement.