The Serco-led UK consortium has signed a contract worth more than £120m with Saudi Railway Company (SAR) to deliver management and technical support for operations on the North South Railway (NSR).
The scope of this five-year contract includes capacity management, network planning, train planning, passenger station operations, scheduling, dispatching, engineering, asset management and infrastructure maintenance management.
The other consortium members include Network Rail Consulting and Freightliner Group.
SAR CEO Dr Rumaih al Rumaih said: "SAR’s vision is to implement world-class railway practices and deliver the highest standard of technical, commercial and operational service excellence to all SAR customers, as well as to ensure the transfer of technical and operating knowledge and skills, including training, to provide long-term employment opportunities for Saudis, to operate the rail network and develop the railway industry in Saudi Arabia."
Within the consortium, Serco will operate as prime contractor for the project and will also be responsible to provide technical support for passenger operations.
Network Rail Consulting will be responsible for the delivery of infrastructure technical support, while Freightliner Group will provide freight expertise and support.
The North South Railway runs more than 2,750km and it is claimed to be the largest rail projects currently being developed worldwide. SAR is responsible for building and operating more than 4,500km of rail networks.
Serco Middle East CEO David Greer said: "We look forward to using these capabilities and experience, working with our consortium partners, to support the Saudi Railway Company in ensuring safe, effective and reliable services on the North South Railway in Saudi Arabia."
Image: Saudi Arabia Railways phosphate train. Photo: courtesy of Network Rail.