Thales is a world leader in electronics and security systems, building on its expertise to provide solutions that set the standard in the transportation industry. The Group designs, develops, and delivers transport equipment, systems and services, providing end-to-end solutions in Saudi Arabia.

With mounting evidence of the economic benefits of an interconnected Gulf region, Thales is a strategic partner for intra-regional rail projects. In 2009, an ETCS Level 2 signalling contract was awarded by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) for the North-South Railway (NSR). The NSR stretches for 2,400km, and aims to ease mobility for freight and passengers across one of the harshest desert environments on earth.

As part of this project, Thales deploys its main line European standard integrated solution ETCS Level 2, interlockings, rail field elements, an Operation Control Centre (OCC), communications, passenger information and security solutions, as well as infrastructure surveillance and fare collection systems. The project represents the longest ETCS system in the world, connecting Riyadh with the north of the Kingdom.  In September 2016, Thales has been awarded a contract to perform the maintenance of the North South line.

Thales was also awarded a contract in 2009, by China Railway Construction Corp., to supply, integrate and deploy its proven driverless train control and telecommunication systems for the Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah metro project. The project, the first planned metro in the Mecca region, is approximately 20km long and features Thales’ world-leading SelTrac Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) solution. A sub-station is provided to each of the three main areas serviced by the metro project.

The trains also provide a capacity to move 72,000 passengers per hour per direction. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Municipal & Rural Affairs (MOMRA) acquired Thales’ fully integrated communications solution which included an Operation Control Centre (OCC), CCTV, SCADA2 and an automatic address & information system. The Southern Metro Line now absorbs a part of the huge transport demand during the Hajj (pilgrimage) period, facilitating the mobility of two million people.

Key Points

The ETCS Level 2 signalling on the North-South Railway (NSR), the longest ETCS system in the world, is supplied by Thales.
SelTrac CBTC signalling solutions is provided for the Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah metro.