Alstom completes phase 1 of Qatar tramway
Last week, Alstom successfully completed Phase 1 of the Light Rail Transit project in the city of Lusali, near Doha, Qatar. Alstom was awarded a contract from Qatar Railways in 2014 to be part of the LRT consortium. The contract is to supply a turnkey tramway system that is catenary-free above ground, eco-friendly, provides passengers information, a high level of comfort and security systems.
Lusail, a city in planning, will be provided with a fully integrated tramway system by Alstom. The French rolling stock manufacturer will contribute the design, manufacturing, commissioning of 28 Citadis trams and track works. The contribution also includes hardscaping, power supply equipment, signalling and platform screen doors.
“We are very proud of our major contribution to the completion of phase 1 of the Lusail LRT Project, which will provide a reliable and environmentally friendly transportation system for Lusail’s residents and visitors,” says Managing Director of Alstom Middle East, Mama Sougoufara. “Indeed, Qatar has become one of the most advanced countries in the region in terms of smart mobility and transportation, and we are committed to meet the country’s growing needs for innovative and sustainable mobility systems.”
Phase 1 of the LRT project covered 9.7 kilometres of single-track catenary-free and 12.8 kilometres of single-track underground line. Included was also sixteen stations with various configurations, one interchange station with Metro, one depot and one viaduct crossing over Al Khor Expressway. The network will operate with the execution of Citadis X05 new generation trams carrying 209 passengers using both catenary and catenary-free technology.
Each tram will be 32 meters in length composing of five modules per single unit equipped with a full electrical system and led lighting. Design inspiration will be taken from the colours of the Dhow, a traditional Qatari boat. In addition, a pearl will be designed on the side of the rolling stock representing Qatar’s historical symbol.