Work underway to implement the final phase of the project, which includes the rolling stock system
Qatar’s Minister of Transport, HE Mr. Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, paid an inspection visit last Saturday to the work sites of the Light Rail Transport (LRT) Project in Lusail.
His Excellency was accompanied by Eng. Abdulla Abdulaziz Al Subaie, Managing Director of Qatar Rail, Eng. Saad Al Muhannadi, Qatar Rail’s CEO and Eng. Hamad Al Bishri, Deputy CEO of the company.
Al Subaie briefed his Excellency on the progress of the project, explaining that the LRT project, which will be in the service of Lusail new city, consists of 4 operating lines, totaling 33 km of network and including 37 stations (comprising 10 underground stations). The LRT would also be connected to the Doha Metro Red Line North via two main stations, Lusail Marina/the Pearl and Lusail’s main station, which would facilitate transportation from and into Lusail city.
“To date, more than 7 km of the construction of tunnels have been completed and the main civil works of 7 underground stations have also been achieved”, said Al Subaie.” The LRT project is one of the most important ventures that benefit the real estate development projects in Lusail City and the project is progressing as scheduled. In Qatar Rail, we consider that the LRT is pivotal for the transport infrastructure in the country and it reflects the promising vision of Qatar”, Al Subaie added. “We have so far completed 100% of the excavation works, 98% of the structure of underground stations for Lusail project and 100% of the bridge that crosses over the Al Khor Highway. Work is also underway to implement the final phase of the project, which includes the rolling stock systems,” Al Subaie noted.
The minister inspected the LRT tunnels and went along 4 km of underground trace and 4 underground stations. The visit included a check for the viaduct that crosses over the Al Khor highway; this bridge will allow the LRT network to join the train storage and maintenance facilities located in front of Lusail, on the West side of the highway.
“The next stage of this project would see the delivery of 37 stations civil works, the internal architecture, the mechanical and electrical equipment, the track, the power supply, the maintenance facilities and the trains,” Qatar Rail’s CEO Eng. Saad Al Muhannadi explained.
The Light Railway Transportation System of Lusail, being the most advanced one introduced by Qatar Rail, will provide an efficient and pleasurable commuting system for the future inhabitants of Lusail City. Lusail is becoming the most unique city in Qatar and the region especially that it is one of the central real estate development projects undertaken in the Middle East and North Africa. The development of this ambitious city, located on the waterfront, north of Doha, continues to extend across more than a 35-square-kilometer area, set to include over 500,000 people.
At the end of the visit, His Excellency the Minister praised the efforts of the team work and the progress achieved in the course of the project, and urged the team to redouble its efforts for this vital facility to get operated on time.