Thales seeks to deepen its presence in Qatar by contributing to the country’s National Vision 2030 development plan. This concept aims to funnel Qatar’s expansion into an advanced and sustainable society, capable of providing a high standard of living for its people. Today, Thales is a key partner for two major urban rail developments.
- Doha is currently facing serious urban congestion due to increased population and a growing number of cars operating in the city. In response, under Qatar’s master plan driven by the QNV2030 strategy a mass transportation system has been planned to help alleviate the problem. Doha Metro will connect the main areas of Doha, including the Hamad International Airport, the Old City, and newly developing inner city areas such as West Bay and Lusail. The 230 km urban railway, of which 98 km will be constructed underground, will consist of 4 lines in 2 phases – red, green, gold and blue.
- In June 2015, Thales as a member of a consortium consisting of Mitsubishi, Hitachi and Kinki Sharyo signed a contract to supply advanced Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling, telecommunications & security, an integrated Operational Control Centre and automatic fare collection systems for the newly launched Doha Metro. The Doha metro industrial package includes the turnkey construction of a fully automated driverless metro system. Included are 75 sets of three-car trains, platform screen doors, tracks, a railway yard, and systems for signalling, power distribution, telecommunications and tunnel ventilation. The package is also expected to include maximum 20-year maintenance services for the metro system after its completion.
- Phase 1 of the Doha Metro network will be operative in 2019; it is implemented by multiple joint ventures involving renowned local and international contractors. The vast metro network is set to be completed in time for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, providing easy transport links for visiting tourists.
- Located about 23 km north of Doha, on an expanse of over 35 km², the new city of Lusail will have an estimated population of 260,000 people, living in a sustainable environment. In this context, public transport will play a crucial role to enable smooth mobility for Lusail’s inhabitants, accommodating up to 450,000 travellers per day.
- In January 2015, Thales signed a contract with QDVC, a leading construction company in Qatar jointly owned by Qatari Diar (51%) and VINCI Construction Grands Projets (49%), for the delivery of an integrated supervision, telecommunications, security and automatic fare collection system for the Lusail Light Rail Transit System. The new tramway will consist of 4 lines, covering 32 km, and serving 37 stations. It will be the backbone of public transportation for the new city.
- Thales will be providing a fully integrated state-of-the-art solution that will meet a range of complex passenger and operator needs. Thales’ systems will ensure high-level services such as real-time information, flexible & up-to-date contactless ticketing systems, optimal passenger-security and a complete integrated supervision solution. The contract also stipulates maintenance services and logistical support. The Lusail Light Rail Transit (LRT) is part of Qatar’s Railways Company Development Program, including the Doha Metro project and the Long Distance Passenger & Freight rail network.
- Thales will provide a fully integrated solution for supervision, telecommunication, security and fare collection systems for the new Lusail Transit.
- For the new Doha Metro, Thales will supply advanced Communi-cations Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling, telecommu-nications & security, an integrated Operational Control Centre and automatic fare collection systems.