Consultant will project manage rail link between capital Riyadh and Jeddah

Parsons Brinckerhoff has landed the role of project manager on a 950km rail link in Saudi Arabia.

The double-track railway will connect the capital Riyadh with Jeddah on the Red Sea.

Parsons Brinckerhoff – a subsidiary of Balfour Beatty – carried out the original planning work on the project over a decade ago in 1997.

The contract will last approximately eight years and the firm will work with management consultant Fluor Corporation.

The project will include several civil and track contracts, at least one design-build civil and track works contract in the vicinity of Jeddah, and a significant amount of tunnelling and earthworks. 

The new railway will serve primarily as a freight route that will significantly improve the efficiency of cargo transport and is intended for use for passenger transport in future.

UK firms have been winning more work in Saudi Arabia in recent months. EC Harris and Mace are project managing construction of the world’s tallest tower, 1km-tall Kingdom tower in Jeddah, while RLB, Zaha Hadid and Hyder have all won major commisssions.