Consortium named preferred bidder for Makkah Metro deal

The Makkah Metro will connect to the existing Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah line, which was built to carry pilgrims between the sites of Mina, Muzdallah and Arafat, close to the Grand Mosque.
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A consortium including Spain's Isolux Corsan has been appointed as preferred bidder to build lines B and C of the Makkah Metro project with an overall budget of more than 2.3 billion euros ($2.5 billion).

The joint venture, which also features Turkish company Kolin Insaat Turizm Sanayi ve Ticaret and the Arab Haif company, said it expects to sign the contract in the next few months.

Line B section will feature 11.9km of track and will include the construction of three stations, Isolux Corsan said in a statement.

It said the Line C section, running for 13km, will feature six stations, and the contract also includes the completion of two big interchange stations.

The scope of the contract includes the execution of stations and interchange stations with their civil works, access ramps, grand roofs and canopies, and tunnels, the statement said.

Tunnels are divided in the different sections according to different construction methods while the project also involves the execution of more than 1,175 metres of viaducts and pedestrian underpasses.

In addition, the demolition of existing structures and facilities, traffic control, road diversions, utilities identification and relocations, and all other enabling works will be required.

The Makkah Metro will include four new lines and will connect to the existing Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah line, which was built in 2010 to carry pilgrims between the sites of Mina, Muzdallah and Arafat, close to the Grand Mosque.

Only the two lines awarded to the Isolux Corsan venture are being built during the first phase, work on which is scheduled to start next year and be up and running by 2019.

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