A consortium of the local/French QDVC and France’s Alstom has been awarded a $2.7bn contract by Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) for the design and build of the second phase of the Lusail light rail transit (LRT) project.

The contract comprises construction of 25 stations and a depot, architectural and electro-mechanical works packages, the supply of 35 trains equipped with catenary-free technology, track-laying, energy supply and telecommunications as well as control systems.

Alstom’s share of the contract is about €750m ($1bn), including options for 32 additional tramways.

The four-line network will cross the city covering a distance of 33 kilometres, including 7km underground and 37 stations. The system is expected to enter commercial service from 2018.