- Qatar Rail has invited firms to project manage Lusail Light Rail Transit scheme
- International firms are expected to bid in late July
- A French team is working on the construction and supplying systems and rolling stock
The firms that are understood to have been invited to bid include:
- Aecom (US)
- Astad (local)
- Atkins (UK)
- Egis (France)
- Hill International (US)
- Jacobs (US)
- Louis Berger (US)
- Parsons International (US)
The four-line network, which is under construction. will cover a distance of 33 kilometres, including 7km underground and 37 stations. The system is expected to enter commercial service in stages from 2018 as the transport backbone of the Lusail development 23 km north of Doha that is expected to eventually be home to 260,000 people.
That 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 and energy supply.
QDVC has awarded Frances Thales a contract to supply and maintain the supervision, telecoms, security and automatic fare collection systems for the future 32 km network, including contactless ticketing.
The LRT scheme is part of Qatar Rails national development programme, along with the Doha Metro and the proposed long-distance passenger and freight network.
Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) was founded in 2011 to support and coordinate the growth of Qatars rail industry. It is fully owned by the Qatar Railways Development Company (QRDC), which is a joint venture created in 2009 between Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company and Germanys Deutsche Bahn. QRDC remains the overall developer of the $35bn Qatar Integrated Rail Programme and is planning to complete several rail projects by 2022, when the country will host the Fifa football World Cup. Qatar Rail is tasked with implementing the plans. A quarter of all Qatars infrastructure spending will be dedicated to Qatar Rails projects in coming years. Read more