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The kingdom’s capital is also set for a metro system, with phase one on track to open in 2020. The Riyadh Metro is one of the largest urban transport projects in the world, with six lines covering an area of 176 kilometres and 85 metro stations across the city.

Once completed, the network will be capable of carrying 400,000 passengers daily using driverless trains which will measure 36 metres in length, and carry passengers in three classes: first, family and singles. The metro network will also have a parallel bus network.

A naming auction was held for a number of the stations by the Riyadh Development Authority, raising an estimated $278 million for the network. The project is thought to be costing more than $23 billion in total. It is expected that the project will increase the share of journeys on public transport in the city from 2 per cent to around 20 per cent.

Source: The National

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