The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) has announced detailed plans for the development of a tramway project covering the site’s landmarks. This tramway is an opportunity for the RCU to show its commitment to the design of environmentally friendly infrastructure, making AlUla a unique natural tourist destination.
AlUla a natural tourist destination
The streetcar line will follow a route that connects AlUla’s archaeological sites, urban areas and transportation infrastructure. The AlUla tramway, with a maximum speed of 50 km/h, will extend over 50 km once its two construction phases are completed. The first phase of the project will run from the historic AlUla Hijaz Central Station to Hegra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The second line will run south of the county to the international airport.
The AlUla tramway will make it easier to visit the city and its surroundings, supporting the development of sustainable tourism in the region. The new line will reflect AlUla’s recent history as an important stopping point for pilgrims but also as a rich natural and cultural destination.
Clean and integrated mobility in Saudi Arabia
The new tramway system linking AlUla and its outskirts will be built in cooperation with the international mobility company SYSTRA, which will be responsible for systems integration and rolling stock design. Passengers will be able to enjoy a comfortable ride in modern and technological streetcar cars.
Designed for visitors as well as residents, the infrastructure will be a low-carbon public transport solution. Each station will be designed as a hub for alternative transportation services such as bicycles and electric vehicles. Indeed, this initiative also aims to reduce the population’s dependence on personal cars and gasoline-powered buses. Saudi Arabia is focusing on developing transportation options that reduce the country’s traffic, while increasing its connectivity and sustainability.