Riyadh Metro: World’s largest public transport system currently under development – in pictures

Workers walk at the site of the under-construction Riyadh Metro rail system in the Saudi capital Riyadh on August 26, 2015. The project will carry electric, driverless trains. Faisal Al Nasser / Reuters

Riyadh Metro: World’s largest public transport system currently under development – in pictures

Construction started in April 2014. Faisal Al Nasser / Reuters

Riyadh Metro: World’s largest public transport system currently under development – in pictures

Three foreign consortiums are building the metro, with France’s Alstom, Canada’s Bombardier and Germany’s Siemens among the major participants. Ahmed Farwan / AFP


Riyadh Metro: World’s largest public transport system currently under development – in pictures

Line 1 (Blue Line) will run from Olaya Street to Al Hayer Road. It will be 44km long and will cover 39 stations. Ahmed Farwan / AFP

Riyadh Metro: World’s largest public transport system currently under development – in pictures

Line 2 (Green Line) will connect King Abdullah Road to the King Fahad Stadum. It will have 14 stations and be 22km long. Ahmed Farwan / AFP

Riyadh Metro: World’s largest public transport system currently under development – in pictures

Line 3 (Red Line) will run from Madina Al Munawra to Rahman Al Awal Road. It will be the longest line of the metro, at 45km. Ahmed Farwan / AFP

Riyadh Metro: World’s largest public transport system currently under development – in pictures

Line 4 (Orange Line) will run from the King Khaled International Airport to the new King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD). Ahmed Farwan / AFP

Riyadh Metro: World’s largest public transport system currently under development – in pictures

Line 5 (Yellow Line) will start from the King Abdul Aziz Road. It will be 26km long and have 26 stations. Ahmed Farwan / AFP

Riyadh Metro: World’s largest public transport system currently under development – in pictures

Line 6 (Purple Line) will connect Abdul Rahman bin Ouf Street to the Shaikh Hassan bin Hussain bin Ali Street. It will be 30km long and will feature nine stations. Ahmed Farwan / AFP

Riyadh Metro: World’s largest public transport system currently under development – in pictures

It is hoped that the metro will reduce traffic on the city’s busy streets. Ahmed Farwan / AFP

Riyadh Metro: World’s largest public transport system currently under development – in pictures

Riyadh’s population of nearly 6 million is forecast to increase to 8 million by 2030. Ahmed Farwan / AFP

Riyadh Metro: World’s largest public transport system currently under development – in pictures

Workers walk at the site of the under-construction Riyadh Metro rail system. Faisal Al Nasser / Reuters

Riyadh Metro: World’s largest public transport system currently under development – in pictures

Alstom is set to deliver 69 metro trains to run on the system. Faisal Al Nasser / Reuters

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