Stadler will supply Saudi Arabia with 20 trains
Saudi Arabia Railways (SAR) and Stadler have finalised agreements for the procurement and maintenance of 10+10 Next Generation Passenger Trains to bolster the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s expanding railway network.
Following an international tender procedure in 2022 and Stadler’s selection as the preferred bidder in 2023, this contract represents the company’s inaugural venture into the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region’s burgeoning railway market. The supply contract comprises a base agreement for ten trainsets, with an option for an additional 10, accompanied by a maintenance contract spanning a decade, including full maintenance support and spare parts. Valued at approximately 600 million Swiss Francs (over 640 million euros), these contracts mark Stadler’s debut in the GCC region’s rapidly evolving railway market.
The trainsets will adhere to the latest European and International Standards, tailored to withstand the climatic and ambient conditions unique to Saudi Arabia. Spanning approximately 175 metres, each self-propelled train will feature two independent diesel-electric power heads meeting European emission standards stage V, accommodating around 320 passengers.
Saudi Arabia Railways’s VISION 2030
Saudi Arabia’s objective is to establish links between the ports of the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf, while also expanding the railway network by 8,000 kilometres across the country. This initiative, announced by minister Khalid al-Falih in January of last year, would more than double the kingdom’s existing network. The country also has as a goal increasing the annual passenger capacity to 3 million annually.
Engineer Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Minister of Transport and Logistics Services and Chairman of the Board of Directors of SAR, elaborated on the significance of these acquisitions in meeting the escalating demand for East Train passenger services. Al-Jasser emphasised the alignment with the National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS) and Saudi Vision 2030, anticipating the trains’ contribution to enhancing economic connectivity and quality of life.