Alstom Completes Phase 1 of Qatari Light Rail Project

Alstom has completed the first phase of the light rail project for the planned city of Lusail, which is currently being built near Doha in Qatar.

This initial phase has a single-track catenary-free line measuring 9.7km and a single-track underground line measuring 12.8km. There are 16 stations, of which one is an interchange station with the metro network. The light rail line will operate 28 Alstom Citadis X05 trams, which have a capacity of 209 passengers. They are capable of running on both overhead lines and in catenary-free operation.

The Alstom Citadis X05 tram for Lusail, Qatar
The Alstom Citadis X05 tram for Lusail, Qatar

Qatar Railways Company awarded the contract for a turnkey tramway system that was to be catenary-free above ground to the LRTC Consortium, comprising Alstom and QDVC, in 2014.

Mama Sougoufara, Managing Director, Alstom Middle East, said:

“We are very proud of our major contribution to the completion of phase 1 of Lusail LRT Project, which will provide reliable and environmentally friendly transportation system for Lusail's residents and visitors. 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.”

In addition to delivering the rolling stock and the track works, Alstom has also supplied the signalling equipment and platform screen doors.

Each Citadis X05 tram for Lusail will measure 32m in length and consist of five modules per unit. They are low-floor throughout.

The exterior design was inspired by the traditional boat of the region – the dhow.

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