Qatar’s First Catenary Tram Enters Commercial Service

Qatar’s first catenary-free tram has entered commercial service.

The tramway is also the first Alstom has delivered in the country. The network is 28km with 7km under ground, making it the largest tram system in the Gulf.

Lusail tramway, Qatar
Lusail tramway, Qatar

The tramway will serve Lusail, a new city to the north of Doha. There are 25 stations in Lusail and the system also connects to the Doha Metro.

There are 28 Citadis X05 vehicles operating on this tram network. These fully low-floor vehicles, each measuring 32m in length, have a capacity of 209 passengers.

Alstom won the contract to supply a turnkey tramway system that was catenary-free above ground in 2014 as part of the LRTC Consortium along with QDVC.

Tamer Salama, Managing Director, Qatar and UAE at Alstom, said:

“As Qatar welcomes the World Cup this year, we are proud to deliver the first catenary-free tramway in the country and a system that will provide efficiency, availability, and easier maintenance. Alstom is committed to Qatar’s economic growth and development, and will continue to support the National Vision 2030, through the enhancement of infrastructure and the supply of sustainable solutions such as the Lusail Tramway.”

As part of this consortium, Alstom delivered the design, manufacturing and commissioning of the 28 Citadis X05 trams; track works; the Urbalis 400 CBTC signalling system; and platform screen doors.

Alstom sites in France and Spain were involved in this contract.

Other cities that have purchased Citadis X05 trams include Sydney, Paris, Nice, Avignon, Caen, Athens, Frankfurt, Cologne and Casablanca.

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