Billion dollar tram network to be built in Lusail, Qatar

 Rail specialist Alstom has signed a contract to provide a tram system for the Qatari city of Lusail.

The four-line network – costing an estimated $1bn, will cross the city covering a distance of 33 km. Seven kilometres will be underground and the network will feature 37 stations.

The system – which will feature 32m long Citadis trams, is expected to enter commercial service from 2018.

Alstom will provide expertise in the fields of design, manufacturing, commissioning and servicing of rolling stock, power supply equipment, signalling and trackworks.

“This new order in the Middle-East demonstrates the success of our global strategy and the strong links we have with the region,” said Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Alstom Transport president.

The city of Lusail, located to the north of Doha, is the first city to launch a tramway system in Qatar

More than 1,800 Citadis trams  have been sold to more than 40 cities in the world and are in operation since 2000.

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