Yuksel Insaat wins US$610mn rail project in Riyadh

brt-wikimediacommons-enthusiast10Ahmet expects the BRT to be cost-effective, efficient and able to take a large number of passengers. (Image source: Enthusiast10/WikimediaCommons)Turkey-based construction company Yuksel Insaat has won a US$610mn Riyadh Rapid Bus Transit System (BRT) project

According to Yukset general manager Ahmet Halavuk, the project mainly includes road rehabilitation schemes, construction of 21 pairs of Bus Rapid Transit System Stations, 2,574 communuity bus stops and seven pedestrian bridges in Riyadh. In addition, the upcoming line will also allow buses in rush hour to travel in ‘bus-only’ lanes, specifically highway shoulder lanes, to reduce traffic and ease out the commute for travellers. 

Ahmet added, “BRT would be an efficient, high-capacity, and cost-effective transit solution that many global cities are using at the moment.”

The Turkish company was awarded the contract by Ar-Riyadh Development Authority (ADA). Saudi Arabia’s Alinma Bank has extended a US$232mn project financing facility to implement the project.

One of the main reasons to drive railway investments in major Saudi Arabian cities is to combat the rising problem of traffic. In addition, the government is also keen to encourage the citizens to use public transport.

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