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US firm Parsons picked to design Qatar rail network

Company wins contract to design 248.5-mile section which includes depot and seven passenger stations

US firm Parsons picked to design Qatar rail network
Workers install the first track of the new French high speed train (TGV) Lyon-Strasbourg line in Les Magny, eastern France, on June 29, 2009. The line will be opened in 2011. AFP PHOTO SEBASTIEN BOZON (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images)

US-based Parsons, in a joint venture with Systra, has announced that it has been awarded a consultancy services contract for the design of the Qatar Long Distance Railway Network.

The network will provide freight and passenger services nationally within Qatar and internationally to the neighbouring countries of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

The 248.5-mile section, which includes six freight facilities, a depot, and seven passenger stations, will be integrated with the new Doha Metro and is also part of the Gulf Cooperation Council rail network, Parsons said in a statement.

“This design consultancy project is of strategic importance to the State of Qatar in meeting its national vision, and we look forward to working with Qatar Railways Company to begin work on the project early this year,” said Guy Mehula, Parsons MEA president, without giving any value to the contract.

Parsons has been working in the Middle East and Africa region for more than 60 years and has offices in the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain.

Parsons’ portfolio of ongoing projects in the region includes major highways, bridges, rail and transit, airports, ports, water infrastructure, plus hospitals, public schools, universities, mosques, and other public buildings.

Last June, Qatar Rail, the company overseeing the construction of the Gulf state's railway network, awarded four design and build contracts worth about QR30bn ($8.2bn) for phase one of the Doha Metro.

The project will include four rail lines and an underground section in the centre of the capital Doha and will link stadiums for the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament to be held in the tiny Gulf state.

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