Freightliner Group has announced that, as part of a consortium of UK-based companies, it has been selected by the Saudi Railway Company (SAR) to be its partner, providing management and technical support for infrastructure, freight and passenger operations on one of its rail projects in Saudi Arabia, the North South Railway (NSR). Freightliner Group is a provider of rail freight services.
The Saudi Railway Company is a government owned company established in 2006 by the Public Investment Fund, the investment arm of Saudi Arabian Ministry of Finance. The fund assigned SAR to develop and operate railway services comprising passenger, general freight and heavy haul.
The North South Railway covers 2,750km and the overall rail network that SAR is responsible to construct and operate stretched over more than 4,500 km. Freightliner will provide technical assistance, interim management and training to SAR for this project.
The scope of the contract, which runs for an initial five years, includes the development of rail freight operations and the transfer of skills and knowledge to support the long term development of the railway industry in Saudi Arabia.
The other members of the consortium are Network Rail Consulting, the consultancy arm of Network Rail which runs the UK rail network, and Serco, an international services company. Under the partnership Network Rail Consulting will be provide technical assistance, interim management and training for infrastructure management. Meanwhile Serco will be providing technical assistance, interim management and training for passenger services.
Freightliner Group is a leading global rail freight provider with businesses in the United Kingdom, Continental Europe and Australia. The Group’s strategy is to develop high quality rail freight services in markets with significant growth potential, in partnership with local management teams. Entry into the Middle East is the next step in the successful execution of this strategy.
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