Monday 17 December 2012
Transport Minister Jabara Al-Seraisry said the design work on the Jeddah metro project is almost complete.
“The designing of a light train project in Jeddah will be completed in five months. Then it will be submitted to the higher authorities for consideration,” Al-Seraisry said in a meeting with prominent businessmen at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
“The study of metro trains in Jeddah is part of the ministry’s mass transit system projects in Saudi cities,” Al-Seraisry said.
According to an earlier statement made by the Jeddah Municipality, the proposed light rail transit system resembling the Dubai Metro will be 108-km long, running across the city. It will also consist of three major lines, which will be designated in different colors: orange, blue and green.
Al-Seraisry said a ring road project in Dammam was running behind schedule due to various unforeseen circumstances.
The minister also stressed the ministry’s role in solving the country’s unemployment problem by generating ample job opportunities in the transport sector.
“You are all aware that the transport sector is vital for the economic development of any region. The fast developing commercial and industrial sectors are dependent on a comprehensive advanced transport system,” the minister said.
Al-Seraisry said 171 projects are being planned or implemented in the Makkah province under the current transport budget.
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