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Doha Metro tunnelling complete

Doha’s ‘Al Faras’ – named after the famed Arabian racing mares – will be some of the fastest driverless trains in the world, operating at 100km/h (62mph). (Qatar Rail)

Arabian mega project reaches a key milestone, first Kinki Sharyo vehicle mock-up due soon.


Sunday 23 September marked the completion of the initial 111km (69 miles) of tunnelling required to deliver the first phase of the Doha Metro. The final breakthrough was made at Terminal One of Hamad International Airport, at the southern end of the Red line.
Qatar Rail said the milestone means phase one is now more than 50% complete, with tracklaying, station construction and mechanical and electrical work still to be done. The opening is now set for 2020,
a year later than planned.
A record was set in September last year for the most tunnel boring machines in operation in a city at any one time – at least 21 have been used in total.
Major contracts still to be awarded include facilities management and operations and maintenance; this is planned to be co-ordinated with the 38.5km (23.9-mile) Lusail Tramway. Earlier in the year Qatar Rail confirmed six potential operators had prequalified: a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries/JR West joint venture, MTR Corporation, Serco, Transdev, RATP/Keolis and Arriva/DB International.
A full size mock-up of a Kinki Sharyo metro train will be unveiled shortly. Each of the 75 trainsets will have two standard class cars with 88 seats and one car split between Gold class with 16 seats and Family class with 26 seats. Kinki Sharyo is to design and build the trainsets at its facility in Osaka, Japan.