Copenhagen Metro is a success in Saudi-Arabia

The Metro in Copenhagen has won several awards. Its design and construction have been exported to many parts of the world, including Saudi-Arabia, where it is very popular, writes Politiken daily newspaper.

When about 40.000 students return to Princess Nora Bint Adbulrahman University in the capital of Saudi-Arabia, Riyadh, they can look forward to a brand new campus featuring an entirely new transport system, in the shape of an 11 kilometer metro line, copied from the Copenhagen metro.

- Campus is very large so the metro, stretching 11 kilometers, is an efficient way of transporting the students to their different destinations at the university. The climate in Saudi-Arabia is not suited for long walks, says Sergio de Luca, CEO for Italian Ansaldo STS that has been in charge of establishing the metro.

In addition to the high quality of the Danish metro system, another factor played a major role in deciding to employ this particular type of transport. Due to Saudi-Arabias interpretation of Islam, men have no access and no permission to be at the campus that is for women only. The driverless metro trains are an optimal solution as it ensures no male driver will be in the presence of the women.

In 2008, 2009 and 2010, Copenhagen received the award for the best metro in the world.