In the frame of Qatar National Vision 2030 development plan, Thales is a key partner for two major urban rail developments
The 3 lines (red, green and gold) of Doha Metro were successfully opened throughout 2019, helping reducing urban congestion. It connects the main areas of Doha, including the Hamad International Airport, the Old City, and newly developing inner city areas such as West Bay, Education City and Lusail, with a network of 37 stations and 71 kms of tunnel.
Public adoption has been immediate, with average ridership reaching 110,000 passengers per day. The system managed successfully the National Day peak of 330,000 passengers.
As part of the MMHKT consortium (including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Corporation, Hitachi, Kinki Sharyo and Thales) Thales successfully supplied 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 system package included 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, tunnel ventilation and up to 20 years maintenance.
The vast metro network is now set to provide easy transport links for the 2022 World Cup tourists and fans.
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 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 systems in the frame of Lusail Light Rail Transit System implementation. This new tramway will consists of 4 lines, 28 tramways, covering 30, and serving 38 stations. It will be the backbone of public transportation for the new city and will connect its inhabitants and visitors to Doha city through 2 interchange stations with Doha Metro.
Thales is 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. Lusail LRT is under final tests by the operator and shall enter into service in 2020.