Qatar Rail recently launched its Green Line Workers’ Training Centre Thought to be the first of its kind in the region

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15,000 Qatar Rail workers are set to benefit from a new training centre recently launched by Qatar Rail as part of its intensive efforts to ensure the highest standards of health and safety on sites.

Thought to be the first of its kind in the region, the state-of-the-art training centre is Premium level accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), the UK’s awarding organisation on topics relevant to health, wellbeing and safety. Located in the Green Line underground offices those employees who undergo the training are amongst the key personnel in construction of the Doha Metro project.

Green Line Project Director, Eng. Jassim Al Ansari said: “The Green Line Training Centre reflects the importance that Qatar Rail places on operating to the highest international standards of occupational health and safety. The information and support we transmit through this initiative provides the tools to encourage a culture of occupational health and safety, and helps safeguard our employees, partners and the wider public.”

The Green Line training centre offers training courses on health and safety across all levels which can be up to five days in duration. It incorporate a range of workshops from tunnelling and construction inductions, to working in confined spaces, first aid, risk assessment, vehicle and plant movement, working at heights,  electrical safety and fire safety amongst many more.

Training is given by a team of accredited trainers along with Arabic and Indian interpreters. As part of Qatar Rail’s continuous improvement approach the Green Line training intends to get accreditation from The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) later this year in order to deliver level five and six training courses.

“We are proud of the Green Line training centre because it provides international standards of training to workers which we see as a crucial step in giving the country a world class transportation system to be proud of. Doha Metro is a flagship project for Qatar and we want to ensure that all those evolved in its delivery are given the very best training and support” added Eng. Jassim Al Ansari.

The first phase of the Doha Metro project is expected to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2019, while completion of the Lusail Tram is set for 2020.

By 2030, all the three networks – Doha Metro, Lusail Tram and the long-distance rail, which will link Qatar with the GCC Rail network – are expected to be complete.

With the completion of the first phase of the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram, Qatar Rail expects to offer 600,000 passenger trips per day by 2021. By then, 37 metro stations are expected to be complete, with an average journey time of three minutes between adjacent stations. More info

Qatar Rail announces partial closing of Al Waab Service Road – Zone 55

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Qatar Rail announces the partial closing of Waab Street service road between Al Qatad Street and Al Awali Street (opposite side of Villagio Mall) from 21st April 2016 to 24th October 2016 due to works related to the Doha Metro Gold Line project.

Qatar Rail would like to take this opportunity to apologize for any inconvenience the public may experience due to the road closure and diversion. In the meantime, and in line with the company’s core principle to “Keep Doha Moving”, an alternative route will be provided through Al Qatad Street and Al Awali Street.

Additionally, the necessary notices will be delivered to the public through newspapers and social media platforms as well as Qatar Rail website.

As an integral part of the Qatar Rail Development Program (QRDP), the Doha Metro network, consisting of 4 lines, will cover the Greater Doha area and will include connections to town centers and vital commercial and residential areas throughout the city. In central Doha, the Metro will be underground, whilst at the outskirts; it will mainly be at ground level or above the ground. The first phase of the project, involving three lines, is due to operate in 2019/20. More info

Qatar Rail announces temporary closure of Al Tarfa Road

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Qatar Rail announces the temporary closing of Al Tarfa Road from 23rd April, 2016 to 7th May 2016 between the hours of 12am – 6am due to works related to the Doha Metro Red Line project.

Qatar Rail would like to take this opportunity to apologize for any inconvenience the public may experience due to the road closure and diversion. In the meantime, and in line with the company’s core principle to “Keep Doha Moving”, an alternative route will be provided on Al-Jamiaa Street, Jelaiah Street, and Arab League Street.

Additionally, the necessary notices will be delivered to the public through newspapers and social media platforms as well as Qatar Rail website.

As an integral part of the Qatar Rail Development Program (QRDP), the Doha Metro network, consisting of 4 lines, will cover the Greater Doha area and will include connections to town centers and vital commercial and residential areas throughout the city. In central Doha, the Metro will be underground, whilst at the outskirts; it will mainly be at ground level or above the ground.

The first phase of the project, involving three lines, is due to operate in 2019/20. More info

New integrated rail system begins to take shape

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When fully completed by 2030, the new metro network in Doha will link up with five long-distance lines as well as a light-rail system, facilitating not only better transport, but also increasing trade between the region by up to 6 per cent on a yearly basis

A city is far more than the sum of its architectural components, no matter how visually stunning those showpiece buildings may be. That much is certainly true of Doha, capital of Qatar, the country with the highest per capita income on the planet. Rich or poor, people still must go out and about to work and play and learn and observe – activities that require movement. In this former pearl fishing Gulf backwater that now controls the world’s third-largest natural gas reserves, a major effort is underway to see a completely modern public transportation network up and running by the year 2030.

“We believe there is a tremendous economic benefit in having a public transport system in Qatar and throughout the region. There is a tremendous social impact and many gains and benefits to be had,” says Abdulla Abdulaziz T. Al-Subaie, Managing Director  of Qatar Rail (QR) the entity created to supervise the design, construction and commissioning of an integrated network of urban metro lines, light rail and long-haul passenger and freight trains. More info

Revealed: how Qatar’s Lusail tram project will look

By Staff  www.arabianbusiness.com

Alstom and Qatar Rail have unveiled the design of the Citadis tram of Lusail which will circulate on the 4-line tramway network.

The design of the Lusail tram, with its front shaped like the bow of a vessel, is inspired by the dhows, traditional boats of the area, the companies said in a statement.

Alstom, as part of a consortium, was awarded the contract by Qatar Railways in June 2014 for the engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of 4 tram lines, totalling 38km with 30 stations.

The Citadis tram for Lusail will accommodate 207 passengers in “common” and “family” classes and can be coupled to double its capacity.

The Citadis trams for Lusail will be manufactured in La Rochelle (France) for the first five trams and the remaining ones in Barcelona (Spain).

Abdulla Al Subaie, Qatar Rail’s managing director, said: “Deeply entrenched in Qatari culture and heritage, the Lusail tram designs celebrate the convergence of our country’s history with ground-breaking technologies and cutting-edge solutions.” More info

New: Doha Metro Train – Design

Doha Metro design

Doha Metro design

Qatar Rail to receive first stage Doha Metro tunnels by November

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Doha: Qatar Rail will receive all the Doha metro tunnels for the first stage by the end of this November, Al-shraq reported.

The companies which are working on the tunnels like the Austrian construction company PORR is working at full capacity to hand over the project on time without any delay.

PORR Chief Operating Officer said that they are working at full capacity to accomplish the project. He also highlighted that safety and quality of Doha Metro is their main priority.

The construction has reached final stages near Education City, which is the last underground station in the green line. The rail project will be implemented in two stages. In the first stage three railway lines – red, gold and green – will be launched with a total of 37 stations and is expected to be fully operational by end of 2019.

The second stage will be ready by 2026. More info

Qatar Rail, Doha Metro, Msheireb Station Vision – Reality v.2

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Qatar Rail unveils Doha metro train and Lusail LRV designs

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The Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) has unveiled designs for the Doha metro and Lusail light rail vehicles (LRV), which are due to enter service in 2020.

Inspiration for the metro train design was found in the Arabian mares, which are held in high regard in Quatari culture. The design for Al Mehmel, the name given to the Lusail trams, derives from a traditional Qatari boat used for pearl fishing.

Japan-based manufacturer of railroad vehicles, Kinki Sharyo, will be responsible for supplying 75 three-car trains for Doha Metro. One carriage is divided into two classes. The gold class will have 16 seats, while the family class will have 26 seats. The other two standard-class cars will each seat 88 passengers.

The vehicles will be equipped with advanced safety and security controls, will have intelligent air conditioning, and are claimed to have spacious seating.

The metro trains will be designed and manufactured by the Kinki Sharyo as part of the metro’s railway systems consortium, which is led by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI).

Qatar Rail managing director Abdulla Al Subaie said: “Across our projects, our build and design stages have been guided by the powerful coming together of tradition with modernity. More info

Qatar inks technology deal for Doha metro

By Sarah Townsend  www.arabianbusiness.com

Qatar Rail has granted conditional approval for a systems package needed to construct the planned Doha Metro.

A consortium of technology firms comprising Mitsubishi Heavy industries, Mitsubishi Corporation, Hitachi, Kinki Sharyo and Thales is now expected to supply all the systems needed to run the driverless metro network – including the power system, tracks and tunnel ventilation, signalling, platform screens, automated doors and fare collection systems.

The package also includes a 20-year maintenance deal once the systems are complete, reports the Gulf Times. More info