French industrial groups Vinci and Alstom won a €2bn contract from Qatar Railways to build a tram system in Lusail City, which is 51% owned by Qatari Diar and 49% by Vinci’s major project unit. The scope of the work includes the construction of 25 stations and the electric infrastructure surrounding the four-line network, which is expected to stretch 33 kilometers after completion and Alstom will deliver 35 trains along with power supply equipment, signalling and trackworks, as part of the project.
The first phase of the infrastructure has been completed by QDVC and is currently building in the Pearl station, which will connect the Lusail light rail with the Doha metro system, which is also under construction. The light rail system is slated to begin operating in 2018, with three additional lines to be added in 2020, wherein lusail city a new urban development, in Qatar occupies over an area of 38km2 and comprises four islands and 19 multi-purpose quarters. The city will also include 22 hotels and is set to house 20,0000 inhabitants and 170,000 employees. The City will also feature the 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium, where the championship match of the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament will be played.