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Doha Metro's Msheireb station 'will be one of world's largest'

Senior Qatar Rail exec says station will be interchange point for football fans to get to stadia during World Cup in 2022

Doha Metro's Msheireb station 'will be one of world's largest'

The Msheireb station on the Doha Metro network will be one of the largest in the world, according to a senior Qatar Rail official.

Construction work is ongoing at the station with around 2,000 workers on the site where three different lines will have an interchange point and football fans will pass through as they transit between stadiums in 2022.  

The station will be one of the 37 completed in the first phase of the Doha Metro project which will see the completion of the Red, Green and Gold lines. 

Situated at one end of the gold line, Msheireb station connects passengers to all the proposed stadiums linked by metro sites.

Rapid progress is being made in the construction of the station, said Dr Markus Demmler, senior director QIRP at Qatar Rail.

In comments published by the website of Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, he said: “This is one of the biggest metro stations under construction anywhere in the world. The civil design stage is complete and we are now making rapid progress in the civil construction phase. Our top priority is always site safety as we continue to advance with the construction.”

He added: “Six Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) breakthroughs have already been made out of a total of 12 scheduled for the station. Concrete work is progressing and civil work is scheduled for completion towards the later part of 2017 and the station will be completed by mid-2018.”

Qatar Rail has completed 60 percent of the 113km of tunnelling on the Doha Metro, using 21 tunnel boring machines.

A total of 600,000 passenger trips a day will be made by 2021 when both phases – Doha Metro and Lusail Tram networks – become operational.

Phase one involving Doha Metro network will commence operations in 2019 and will cover a distance of 80km of which 63km will run underground. The Lusail Tram network will add a further 38km in phase 1 and will be completed in 2019.

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