The appointment of the independent body is intended to ensure the highest possible system safety standards throughout the scheme’s construction.
The work will involve regular assessments and audits of safety plans, processes, activities and documentation at every stage of the system’s construction in Riyadh, from detailed designs through to the start of operations in 2018.
Riyadh’s expanding economy has been the catalyst for rapid urban growth in recent times, with the population set to increase from 5.7 million people today to 8.3 million by 2030, making the need for an efficient and extensive public transport system paramount.
The city’s US$30bn new transportation system will include both the new metro and an extended bus network.
Lloyd’s Register Middle East rail business manager Mike Elliott said: "There is a responsibility on all parties to ensure that Riyadh’s first ever metro system is completed on time and to the highest possible safety standards. Though the essence of our role is to retain an objective, independent stance, we are very much part of the project delivery team and will use our experience of systems in Dubai, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and elsewhere to ensure that best practice is brought across and that potential issues and delays are identified and resolved without disruption to the overall project schedule.”
The Lloyd's Register team will conduct full assessments and audits of the safety plans, processes, activities and documentation during the design, manufacture, installation, testing and trial operations during the appropriate stages of the metro’s construction.