French firm wins tech deal for Qatar light rail

Thales to deliver automatic fare collection, security, telecoms system for the Lusail Light Rail Transit

The Lusail Light Rail Transit System in Qatar.
The Lusail Light Rail Transit System in Qatar.

France-based technology firm Thales said on Wednesday it has signed a contract to deliver an integrated supervision, telecommunications, security and automatic fare collection system for the Lusail Light Rail Transit System in Qatar.

The company has been hired by QDVC, a construction firm jointly owned by Qatari Diar and VINCI Construction Grands Projets, a statement said.

The new tramway will consist of four lines, covering 32km, and serving 37 stations. It will be the backbone of public transportation for the new city which is located about 23km north of Doha.

Spread over 35km2, the new city of Lusail will have an estimated population of 260,000 people with public transport expected to see up to 450,000 travellers per day.

Thales said it will be providing a fully integrated state-of-the-art solution that will meet a range of complex passenger and operator needs.

"Thales's systems will ensure high-level services such as real-time information, flexible and up-to-date contactless ticketing systems, optimal security of passengers and complete integrated supervision solution," the statement said.

The contract also stipulates maintenance services and logistical support.

Thales has already delivered fully integrated systems for the world's longest driverless metro and ETCS main lines, Dubai's urban transport network and Saudi Arabia's North South Railway, respectively. It has also delivered an integrated signalling and supervision system for the Mecca metro.

QDVC recently signed a contract for the last phase of the LRT project development, having already carried out the design and excavation phase of this project.

The Lusail Light Rail Transit is part of Qatar Railways Company Development Program including the Doha Metro project and the Long Distance Passenger and Freight rail network.

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