Saudi Arabia are planning to build a car-free city

The city will be 'built around nature' and be free of cars and roads

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Construction of the all-new development - known as 'The Line' was confirmed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a televised speech last weekend, announcing that the conceptual car-free city development will go ahead.

NEOM

NEOM

The Line will be built in the fledgling city of Neom, and will be a "belt of hyper-connected future communities, without cars and roads and built around nature" according to a report by Bloomberg, who also report that the city will have 1m residents, and create roughly 380,000 jobs by 2030.

NEOM

NEOM

Not only will the development be free of cars and roads, but it is also aiming to be completely free of carbon emissions, and forms part of the Crown Prince's goal to diversify the Saudi economy and reduce reliance on oil.

It al sounds very futuristic - according to the Crown Prince, no journey within The Line will take longer than 20 minutes, thanks to it being built around so-called "ultra high-speed transport." Interestingly, the development will also contain one of the world's largest airports.

With Neom set to become one of the premier business and technology hubs in Saudi Arabia, we petrolheads will certainly be watching its development with great interest, as other cities around the world may follow suit.

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Comments (28)

  • What they won't tell you is that they'll kill all the women who try to enter and arrest any dissidents whenever they think. Also, it'll be built off the back of Filipino, Indian and Bangladeshi workers who get better pay than working in their own country but are also made prisoners by their bosses.

    Now go rip me apart for spewing the bullshit I just spat out one paragraph ago.

      1 month ago
    • I know it's true, absolutly terrible conditions

        1 month ago
    • I mean they're... improving with the women's things. Barely. The second point you're absolutely right

        1 month ago
  • This makes my idea of buying a country sized landmass for petrolheads sound like a reasonable possibility.

      1 month ago
  • That preserves half of the nature in NEOM- AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAAHHA- Neom is a desert. What nature exists there.

      1 month ago
  • I hope there is still a place for car guys in that country

      1 month ago
  • He got the idea off Walt Disney's Epcot city which had a car free inner city and then suburbs on the outside where cars were allowed. The Epcot idea utilised people mover transportation to get people into the city to work or shop. There are videos of Walt Disney talking about it on YouTube.

    Most other cities in the world are also looking at reducing car usage in them. I live near Birmingham City in the UK which is currently reinstating the tram system back into the centre of the city and only allowing other public transport vehicles and delivery vehicles to run in certain areas of the city. Its really funny as most cities in the UK used to have electric tramway systems which were removed in the 1950's and 1960's because they assumed the car was the most viable form of transportation in a city.

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