Qatar Railways has given the public its first glimpse of the trains that will be servicing the Doha Metro when it opens in 2020, which it says will be the fastest in the region.
The company showcased one vehicle, whose design was inspired by the Arabian mare, that will be servicing the Doha Metro and the tram that will serve the route of the Lusail Tram, which is inspired by Qatar’s pearl-diving heritage.
The metro trains, which will travel at 100km/h have been designed and built by Japanese firm Kinki Sharyo. In total, Qatar has ordered 75 driverless trains for the Doha Metro, each of which will have three cars.
The Lusail Tram cars are being delivered by a consortium consisting of Alstom and QVDC. Twenty-eight trams are being built.
In a statement, Qatar Railways said that 89% of tunnelling work on the Doha Metro has been completed, while the Lusail Tram is now 35% complete. Both are set to be opened in 2020, while a long-distance link that will connect Qatar to the planned GCC rail network will be completed by 2030.
Qatar Rail said it expects to offer 600,000 passenger trips per day by 2021. By then, 37 metro stations are expected to be ready, with an average journey time of three minutes between stations.