ARCADIS advises Saudi Arabia on rail structure

ARCADIS the international consultancy, design, engineering and management services company, today announced the regulatory framework it designed for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Government’s Railways Commission has been approved and is moving into the implementation phase. The regulatory body will oversee the efficient running of a greatly expanding railway industry in the Kingdom.

The Railways Commission will regulate a world-class transport structure that will handle the demands of domestic and international traffic, passenger and freight as well as the infrastructure required for new high-speed trains.

ARCADIS’ framework covers the complex organisation structure, best practice, economic and safety-related working procedures, as well as people management.

The Railways Commission will ensure that the railway companies that have been granted concessions deliver the services required. It will issue licenses and safety certificates, govern the procedure for complaints, grant concessions, as well as define and publish key performance data.

The Railways Commission will include some staff from the Saudi Railways Organisation, and will recruit additional staff as required. Stef Scannali, a Safety and Risk Director for ARCADIS explains: “The ARCADIS team will provide mentoring and assist with the transfer of knowledge to enable the local team to take the organisation forward.”

“This is a significant project for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which will ensure safety and reliability of the rail network and we are delighted to be able to provide this service to our client, Saudi Railway Organisation.” says Peter Vince, CEO of ARCADIS in the UK.

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