Qatar Rail: Tunnelling completed on the Doha Metro
Qatar Rail has announced that the entire 111km of tunnelling for the Doha Metro have been completed with overall work on the metro now 50% complete
Two years later, Qatar Rail has announced that the tunnelling works are now completed on the Doha Metro.
A total of 111km of drilling was undertaken for the first phase of the public transport system.
Using 21 tunnel boring machines (TBMs) – and gaining a place in the Guinness Book of Records along the way – Qatar Rail managed to achieve this massive endeavour. Qatar’s Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti said that overall, work on the metro is now 50% complete.
The focus has shifted from drilling to completing the structures for the 37 stations, with orders placed for lifts and escalators as part of the fit-out phase.
By Q3 2017, Qatar Rail is set to take delivery of the first train with the metro open to passenger traffic in late 2019 or early 2020. It will initially comprise three lines: red, green and gold.
In his speech, Qatar Rail’s chairman, Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Turki Al Subaie said that the company “will continue its march with known dedication and firm commitment to achieve the vision of providing an integrated world-class railway services,” QNA reported.
Several operator contracts are due to be awarded over the next year, as the company anticipates making progress on track installations, Qatar Rail outlined in its 2015-2016 Annual Report.
It also plans to develop operational readiness procedures and revenue generation models.