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Doha Metro station fit-outs become prime focus

by Kim Kemp on May 1, 2016

Qatar Rail’s Green Line tunnel breakthrough.
Qatar Rail’s Green Line tunnel breakthrough.

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With tunnelling works drawing to a close on Doha Metro, focus has turned to fitting out the stations.

Qatar Rail has recently placed an order for 500 energy-efficient elevators and escalators for the stations, supplied by Finland-based engineering company Kone Corporation.

The firm announced winning a contract to supply the items for the Red Line and Gold Line stations.

The order includes 189 elevators, 253 escalators and 102 moving walkways (autowalks) it highlighted in a statement and Pierre Liautaud, executive vice president for KONE South Europe, Middle East and Africa, said:“We are very proud and pleased to work with Qatar Rail on this new and exciting project.

“That (the equipment) will enable people to move smoothly and comfortably, with the shortest possible waiting time.”

When the metro first opens to the public in late 2019 or early 2020, there will be 37 stations serving three routes (the Red, Gold and Green lines)and of those, Msheireb will serve as a hub between lines.

According to Dr. Markus Demmler, senior director of Qatar Integrated Rail Project “rapid progress” is being made in this endeavour, he informed the Supreme Committee of Delivery and Legacy in December.

Concrete work is progressing and civil work is scheduled for completion toward the later part of 2017, with the station set to be complete by mid-2018, he added.

Qatar Rail informed early in April that work on digging the tunnels for Doha Metro is 89% complete, with 99km out of 111km of tunnels completed, while tunnelling for the northern section of the Red Line and the whole of the Green line was completed at the end of March.

The rest of the work is scheduled to be completed by this fall, with focus shifting to MEP works entailing installing electrical equipment and completing the structure of the first 37 stations.

The rail company has also announced the design for the upcoming metro, saying the driverless trains will be inspired by the swift and sleek Arabian Mare.