Doha Metro to launch operations by 2019

Doha Metro to launch operations by 2019 :Doha Metro’s first-phase operational launch will take place by 2019, according to Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail).

The organisation, which is responsible for the development of Qatar’s rail infrastructure, also revealed that Doha Metro’s overall project completion is scheduled to hit 50% in 2016, and that all tunnelling work for the Lusail Light Rail Transit (LRT) system is now complete.

The news follows Qatar Rail’s second all-staff town hall meeting, during which the company’s workforce met to discuss achievements of the last 12 months and the milestones that are to be delivered in 2016.

Commenting on progress made during 2015, Eng Saad Al Muhannadi, CEO of Qatar Rail, commented: “At the centre of its progress, the Doha Metro project has recorded several milestones, starting with tunnelling works that completed 61km out of 113km powered by 21 underground tunnel-boring machines (TBMs); a quantum leap in the tunnelling works that broke a Guinness World Record for the largest number of TBMs operating at the same time under one city.”

Tunnelling work for Doha Metro is expected to complete next year. Qatar Rail stated that all MEP contracts are due to be awarded during this period. A scale rolling-stock mock-up for the Doha Metro and LRT will also be revealed in 2016.

All Doha Metro works are on schedule, according to Qatar Rail. The first-phase operational launch, which will be conducted by 2019, will involve three lines: Red, Green, and Gold.

Eng Abdulla Abdulaziz Al Subaie, managing director and chairman of the Executive Committee of Qatar Rail, said: “Qatar Rail is currently enjoying a rapid growth phase of the business lifecycle, where only performance-led transformation can ensure its next-level and sustainable evolution.”

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