Riyadh metro to cause months of traffic woes

Riyadh Metro Project construction expected to create congestion.
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Construction work of the metro project in Riyadh, due for completion in 2018, will cause severe challenges for drivers in the city for two months, warned Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.

Speaking to the media after the seventh meeting of the follow-up committee of the metro project, the governor asked for the cooperation of drivers during the excavation work for the 178 km long Riyadh Metro.

The project, part of Riyadh Public Transport Project (RPTP), is valued at $22billion and six metro rail lines are planned for completion over the next five years. The plans include 85 stations, including underground and elevated sections.

The RPTP comprises construction of a metro, a bus system and other transport services in Riyadh. 

The metro project is owned and operated by the Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA), which has made arrangements with the Riyadh Traffic Department to ease the anticipated traffic jams, and is expected to create 15,000 jobs.

To assist driverss, the authorities will shortly announce non-peak hours so that they can adjust the movements of traffic in the city and suggest alternative routes during peak hours.

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