SRO issues operating License and Safety Certificate

28th Oct 2011
SRO issues operating License and Safety Certificate

The Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) has granted an operating license and a safety certificate for Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University automated people mover in Riyadh with the aim of providing transport services with high efficiency to facilitate the movement of students, administrative and teaching staff between the colleges and facilities of the University premises.

His Excellency-the President of SRO Abdul Aziz Al Hokail pointed out that the granting of an operating license and a safety certificate is part of the authority exercised by SRO as the body entrusted with the powers and functions of the Saudi Railways Commission constituted by Royal Decree and Council of Ministers Resolution. The Commission’s goals include regulating the activity of railway transport, supervise of the safety of operation, license the providers of railway services, set technical standards and conditions relating to the use of railway facilities,  regulate the terms and conditions of access to railway facilities as well as to monitor the licensed persons’ performance of their duties.

Al Hokail added that a team of experts from SRO has prepared a complete report expressing satisfaction with the level of equipment and availability of basic requirements for the operation and efficiency of infrastructure as well as the level of technical and operational standards to run the Automated People Mover safely.Al Hokail explained that SRO’s experts engaged actively with representatives of the operating company during the assessment of the readiness of the operator to deal with the system safely, where the team has tested all systems before issuing the final safety verification certificates as well as the operating license.

The SRO’s experts also checked all operating systems and reviewed the safety management systems and procedures for safe operation as well as the documents required for issuing the certificates.

He pointed out “The granting of this new operating license is to confirm the continues keenness of the Railway Commission to develop the rail transport sector in the Kingdom, and ensure the promotion and strengthening of competition between the operators in order to achieve the best possible level of improved services provided to the users of railway services.Al Hokail also congratulated the Ports Projects Management and development Company (PPMDC) of Bin Laden Group on going through this evaluation and being granted the operating license and the safety certificate. Al Hokail also said We are confident that this national company has the capacity and the necessary technology to enrich the rail transport sector in the country.  This license is the first of its kind in the Kingdom and the Railways Commission is currently considering granting similar licenses to Al Mashaeer Railway project linking the Holy sites as well as the north –south train which supervised and operated by the Saudi Railway Company (SAR).


The licensing agreement was signed at Saudi Railway Organization headquarters in Dammam after the approval of the SRO’s Board of Directors chaired by HE the Minister of Transport - Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dr. Jubarah bin Eid Alseraisary.


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