The purchase aims to enhance the Saudi railway network as part of the nation's VISION 2030 development goals. This deal marks Stadler's initial venture into the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, with the contract valued at approximately 642 million EUR.
The new trainsets, designed to accommodate about 320 passengers each, will be approximately 175 meters in length. These self-propelled units will feature two independent diesel-electric power heads that comply with the most recent European emission standards (stage V). The design caters specifically to the climatic conditions of Saudi Arabia, promising advancements in passenger comfort, travel experience, and reliability. The trains will support the expansion of SAR’s network across the kingdom.
This agreement includes a base contract for 10 trainsets, with an option for an additional 10. Also encompassed within the contract is a decade-long maintenance agreement, extendable for another 10 years should the additional trainsets be acquired, ensuring full maintenance support and spare parts.
The procurement of these trains follows an international tender process initiated by SAR in 2022, which resulted in Stadler being selected as the preferred bidder the following year after extensive negotiations. This acquisition responds to the growing demand for the East Train passenger services, aiming to double the annual capacity to over 3.8 million passengers. It also plans to offer direct express services between Riyadh and Dammam to accommodate the increasing travel demands between these major cities.
The introduction of these trains is aligned with the National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS) objectives to enhance public transport quality, improve quality of life, and support economic activities by promoting rapid connectivity across the kingdom.