HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani on Tuesday visited the Lusail Tram network to review its work progress and also that of the Doha Metro project.
HE the Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti, diplomats, Qatar Rail senior management, and a number of engineers working on the project were also present.
The Prime Minister had a short journey on Lusail Tram, from the depot to Lusail Station. The visit marked the first official testing of the Lusail Tram and coincided with the first anniversary of the blockade against Qatar.
On the occasion, HE al-Sulaiti said: “Qatar Rail has achieved great progress in implementing the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram projects, the key transport infrastructure projects to realise Qatar National Vision 2030. The progress would not have been possible without the wise leadership of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and the close supervision of HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani and their continuous support, especially since the blockade started.
“Over the past year, Qatar Rail persevered to face all the challenges it faced with no impact on the delivery of its projects. We are very proud of the progress achieved thus far and we look forward to more and more great achievements in the upcoming period.”
Qatar Rail managing director and CEO Abdulla Abdulaziz al-Subaie reiterated that the projects have witnessed significant progress over the last year. "We have devoted all efforts to overcome the challenges. We also focused on developing alternatives at multiple levels, to ensure that our projects progress according to the schedule and plan.
"We were also keen on finding suitable alternatives for our suppliers and manufacturers from other countries; as a result, we are relocating some manufacturing activities to Qatar in co-operation with local companies, which have shown tremendous support in the process.”
Lusail Tram travels at a speed of 60km per hour. In all, 28 trains consisting of five carriages split in two - one for families and the other for general commuters.
The family carriages have 24 seats, 16 are fixed and eight foldable. For the regular carriages, there are 40 seats, 32 fixed and eight foldable, giving a total 64 seats. Each carriage has a space for wheelchair users and there are screens on exterior walls giving details about the journey as well as entertainment.
External screens are also fitted to the front, back and sides of the trains allowing waiting passengers to see the next destination. The Lusail Tram design concept is focused on the sea representing dhow pearl fishing and bringing in the calm, cool, elegant and tranquil elements to the design. The Lusail Tram project progress currently stands at 77%.