Qatar Rail has announced a major construction milestone with the completion of all viaducts across the elevated sections of Doha Metro project.
The construction of viaducts included the northern and southern sections of the Red Line and a section of the Green Line. The installation of the final segment of the viaducts was celebrated near the Doha Golf Club, a statement said.
Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications and vice chairman of Rail Steering Committee, said the work had been completed three months ahead of schedule.
Qatar Rail was also able to complete 111km of tunneling works on the Doha Metro project three months ahead of time, he added.
Work on Doha Metro’s viaducts started in August 2015 and since then a total of 8.7km of viaducts have been completed, made up of 2,293 segments.
Abdulla Abdulaziz Al Subaie, Qatar Rail’s managing director and chairman of the Executive Committee, said: “Completion of the elevated viaduct sections is yet another important accomplishment following the tunneling completion of the Doha Metro project.
“The viaduct completion is key, as its lines connect to significant landmarks such as Al Rayyan Stadium, Lusail Stadium, and Al Wakra City, as well as Qatar University and Lusail City in the west. It is worth mentioning that the overall completion of Doha Metro now currently stands at 51 percent.”
The first phase of the Doha Metro is expected to be complete in 2020, when the project’s 37 metro stations are expected to be operative.
By 2030, three networks – Doha Metro, Lusail Tram and the long-distance rail, which will link Qatar with the GCC Rail network – are expected to be completed.
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.