Siemens to supply trains for Saudi Arabian subway

train  Martin TerberSiemens has won a contract worth US$2bn to supply trains for a new subway system in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh

The contract will be part of a total of US$22.5bn worth of orders awarded to three foreign-led consortia by Saudi Arabia in July for the design and construction of the metro rail system in Riyadh.

The project will involve six rail lines extending 176km and carry electricity-run driverless trains.

Siemens said in a statement that it would supply driverless subway trains, electrification systems and signalling technology for two of the six lines.

Siemens will deliver 74 subway trains equipped with an extra-strong air conditioning system to cope with the extreme heat as well as special seals and filters in brakes and doors to cut down on the amount of sand that makes its way into the train cars.

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