International Transport Heavyweights Gather for Saudi Transport Event

Oct 27, 2010, 10:17 ET from IQPC Middle East

DUBAI, UAE, October 27, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Organised by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Municipalities and Rural Affairs and the International Quality and Productivity Centre (IQPC), leading figures in global transportation will share their experiences and insights with Saudi Arabian transportation officials at a forum which will be held in January 2011.

The Chairman of the European Parliament's Transport and Tourism Committee, Brian Simpson MEP, will share his wealth of expertise in integrating transportation networks from across continental Europe and the UK. He will be joined by another European transportation expert, Chris Greaves, who is the Chairman of the West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority, one of the most heavily utilized public transportation networks in the UK.

Offering insights from Asia, the Director of Fare Systems for the Singapore Land Transport Authority, Silvester Prakasam, has implemented one of the most sophisticated public transport ticketing systems in the world, and will share his knowledge and expertise with the Saudi transport authorities in their drive to streamline ticketing procedures for the billions of dollars worth of public transportation projects which are currently being built.

As Jeddah and Riyadh prepare to implement their own light rail networks, the Managing Director of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation will offer a case study for best planning and procurement practices for light rail from his management experience of the metro network which Bangalore is currently implementing.

Significantly, Saudi Arabia is also represented on the program, as both His Excellency the Mayor of Makkah, Osama Al Bar and the Undersecretary for Transport for the Ministry of Hajj, Dr. Suhail Al Saban, will present case studies of the newly opened Makkah metro. The importance of this presentation will lie in the understanding of transporting massive numbers of people in such short amounts of time during the Hajj period, expertise which is particularly evident among the holy city's local government.

The Saudi Urban Transport Conference 2011 will be attended by senior government officials from Saudi Arabian ministries and municipalities and will be supported by transportation industry leaders Serco, Dellner, ACS (A Xerox Company) and Autograde. The event will highlight these speakers and more and will bring together leading figures from the Saudi Arabian ministries and from transportation departments across the GCC.

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