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Doha Metro Gold Line works lead to road closure

by Kim Kemp on Feb 23, 2016

A section of Doha's busy Al Waab street.
A section of Doha's busy Al Waab street.

Qatar Rail announced that a busy section of Al Waab Street will be partially closed for five weeks to enable work on the Doha Metro‘s Gold Line.

The stretch of road is the eastbound carriageway, between the intersection at Al Bustan Street and the junction of Al Henwa Street, Doha News reported.

The road will close from Friday, 26 February to 1 April, the rail organisation informed.

Diversions will be in place, using the existing service routes on Al Waab Street.

The company said that the closure is owing “to works related to the Doha Metro Gold Line project.

“Qatar Rail would like to take this opportunity to apologize for any inconvenience the public may experience due to the road closure and diversion.”

The Gold Line is set to have 11 stations and run west-east from Villaggio mall, under Al Waab street, along Al Saad street and through to the northern end of the former Doha airport’s runway.

In summer 2014, engineering consultancy Atkins won a $135 million contract to lead the design of this line and three months earlier, Greek-led consortium Aktor was awarded a $4.4billion contract for the design and construction of the line by Qatar Rail.

At the time, it called the project “the largest singular construction package of the Doha Metro,” and said it would take 54 months, with a completion date set for August 2018.