By Sarah Townsend
Consortium of five technology firms to supply systems needed to run driverless metro network
Qatar Rail has granted conditional approval for a systems package needed to construct the planned Doha Metro.
A consortium of technology firms comprising Mitsubishi Heavy industries, Mitsubishi Corporation, Hitachi, Kinki Sharyo and Thales is now expected to supply all the systems needed to run the driverless metro network – including the power system, tracks and tunnel ventilation, signalling, platform screens, automated doors and fare collection systems.
The package also includes a 20-year maintenance deal once the systems are complete, reports the Gulf Times.
Qatar Rail chief executive Saad Ahmed Al Muhannadi reportedly told the newspaper: “In 2013 and 2014, we signed many agreements promising to deliver the best standards of metro railway in the near future.
“With the five-member Japan consortium led by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, we look forward to adding more value to our project.”
The Doha Metro will be one of the largest in the world, the Qatar government claims. It will consist of four lines and 106 stations and cover a total distance of 241km, of which 123km will be built underground.
Phase 1 is expected to commence in 2019.