12 Mar 2018 – 18:53
Doha: Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) received the first Lusail Tram at Hamad Port early this morning. Departing from Alstom factory in the French City of La Rochelle to Barcelona, the Citadis trams arrived today on schedule after 18 days to Doha.
Once it’s off loaded at Hamad Port, the trains will head towards its final destination at the main depot where it will be assembled and tested as the company gears up toward the operational phase of the project. The tram will go under a number of technical tests to ensure the highest standards of safety are met.
“The arrival of the Tram marks the beginning of a new phase. Lusail Tram project is well under way; the work is on-going right now toward the completion of the stations construction as we aim to deliver the project within the assigned timeline and underpinned by our commitment to deliver a modern and sustainable transport network for Lusail city,” Abdulla Abdulaziz Al Subaie, Qatar Rail’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, said.
The design of the Lusail Tram was inspired by “Al Mehmel”, which signifies “The Dhow” – the old traditional Qatari boat used for pearl fishing. The design concept focused on the sea representing dhow pearl fishing and bringing in the calm, cool, elegant and tranquil elements of that medium to the design. All these features will be depicted in the design of the trams. Lusail tram will soon become the main transportation hub for Lusail City, the largest single sustainable development to be undertaken in Qatar.
Lusail Tram connects to the Doha Metro through two interchange stations at Lusail and Legtaifiya. The 35.4 km long Lusail Tram Network will launch in 2020. The network includes four lines and 28 stations aboveground and underground. The Lusail Tram project progress currently stands at 73%.
Lusail tramway is composed of five cars per single unit, with each 33-meter long car to carry over 207 passengers. Each tramway features two classes: common and family class. The cars will be fully low floor to enable easier access for all passengers.