Mr Mohamed Al-Suwaiket, SRO's president, held a meeting in Dammam last week to brief DB International on the phasing for the project and a schedule for its implementation. SRO has already developed a strategy to raise safety levels on the railway to comply with international standards.

SRO expects DB International to complete the preparation of the new guidelines and safety manuals within nine months. This will be followed by safety training for staff together with an evaluation of their progress. DB International will also be responsible for supervising the implementation of the new safety standards and making any necessary adjustments to them for a period of one year.