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Rail Contracts on Track

Written by  Author |   Tue, 24 May 2016 07:07
 
New Qatar Rail deals to be awarded in mid-2016

Qatar Rail has announced that preparations are underway for signing new contracts for the country's rail network including Doha Metro, Lusail Tram and the long-distance train.
 
The first phase of the Doha Metro project is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019. Completion of the Lusail Tram is scheduled for 2020.
 
According to Al Sharq newspaper, the current contracts with consultants will end this July and new contracts would be signed for four years until June 2020.
 
Qatar Rail has already issued tenders for Doha Metro facilities management and Lusail Tram in the first quarter of 2016.
 
The second tender for operation and maintenance of Doha Metro and Lusail Tram would be offered in the second quarter of this year. 
 
This will be followed by another tender for maintenance and operation of the facilities associated with the long-distance rail. It will link all the GCC states.
 
Qatar Rail is also studying tenders for additional services such as information technology and commercial services for use by passengers in the trains, at the metro stations and in the light trains in Lusail City.
 
By 2030, all the three networks -- Doha Metro, Lusail Tram and the long-distance rail -- are expected to be completed and made part of a unified and integrated transport network covering different parts of Qatar.
 
With completion of the first phase of Doha Metro and Lusail Tram, Qatar Rail will offer 600,000 passenger trips per day by 2021. By then, 37 Metro stations will be completed and there will be an average journey time of just three minutes between adjacent stations. 
 
The Metro network will be built over two phases and will include four lines. Phase one covers 80km across Doha, of which 63km is underground. 
 
The Lusail Tram network adds another 38km and an additional 37 stations. Completion of the Lusail network is scheduled for 2020. The first phase will see the Red, Gold and Green Lines opening in 2019, with 37 stations and 75km of revenue lines.
 
The Red Line will offer a very convenient and reliable alternative to driving within the heart of Doha City. A trip from the airport to Lusail, where the venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup opening and final matches will be located, would take some 36 minutes.
 
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