First turnkey tram system to launch in Qatar by Alstom

First turnkey tram system to launch in Qatar by Alstom :Alstom is part of a consortium which has been awarded a $1bn (€750mn) contract by Qatar Railways Company (QRAIL) to supply a turnkey tramway system for a four-line tram network in Lusail.

The contract was signed in Paris in the presence of the Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, French President, François Hollande and Patrick Kron, Alstom chairman & CEO.

The consortium is composed of Alstom and QDVC, a Qatari shareholding company in charge of civil works (51% Qatari Diar and 49% VINCI Construction Grands Projects).

Alstom’s share of the contract includes options for 32 additional tramways.

The four-line network will cross the city covering a distance of 33km, including 7km underground, and 37 stations.

The system is expected to enter commercial service from 2018.

Alstom will provide the city of Lusail with its fully integrated tramway system including the design, manufacturing, commissioning and servicing of 35 Citadis tramways, power supply equipment (substations, catenary and APS ), signalling and trackworks.

The Citadis tram for Lusail will be 32m long. It will offer high-end comfort to passengers, thanks to enhanced communications with passenger information and security systems both at stations and on-board. The tramways will be fully low floor to enable easier access for all passengers.

Alstom Transport has equipped more than 25 cities with tramway turnkey solutions.

“This new order in the Middle-East demonstrates the success of our global strategy and the strong links we have with the region,” said Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Alstom Transport President.

The city of Lusail, located to the north of Doha, is the first city to launch a turnkey tramway system in Qatar.

It will be the second tramway system deployed in the Gulf by Alstom with APS technology, with technical adaptations to enable catenary-free operation in extreme temperatures.

More than 1,800 Citadis tramsets have been sold to more than 40 cities in the world and are in operation since 2000. Citadis is environmentally-friendly and is up to 98% recyclable.

Several Alstom sites will be involved in the project including Le Creusot, Ornans, Tarbes and Villeurbanne in France.

First turnkey tram system to launch in Qatar by Alstom

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