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Alstom to supply first turnkey tramway system in Qatar

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Alstom, as part of a consortium, has been awarded a contract by Qatar Railways Company (QRAIL) to supply a turnkey tramway system for a 4-line tram network in Lusail, Qatar.

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Consortium is composed of Alstom and QDVC, a Qatari shareholding company in charge of civil works (51 % Qatari Diar & 49% VINCI Construction Grands Projets).

The contract was signed in Paris, France in the presence of the Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, French President, François Hollande and Patrick Kron, Alstom Chairman & CEO. Alstom’s share of the contract is around €750 million including options for 32 additional tramways.

The 4-line network will cross the city covering a distance of 33 km, including 7km underground and 37 stations. The system is expected to enter commercial service from 2018.

Alstom will provide the city of Lusail with its fully integrated tramway system including the design, manufacturing, commissioning and servicing of 35 Citadis tramways, power supply equipment (substations, catenary and APS[3]), signalling and trackworks.

The Citadis tram for Lusail will be 32 metres long. It will offer high-end comfort to passengers, thanks to enhanced communications with passenger information and security systems both at stations and on-board. The tramways will be fully low floor to enable easier access for all passengers.

The city of Lusail, located to the north of Doha, is the first city to launch a turnkey tramway system in Qatar. Lusail will be the second tramway system deployed in the Gulf countries by Alstom with APS technology. Technical adaptations have been made on the APS solution to enable catenary-free operation in extreme temperatures.

More than 1,800 Citadis tramsets have been sold to more than 40 cities in the world and are in operation since 2000. Citadis is environmentally-friendly and is up to 98% recyclable.

Several Alstom sites will be involved in the project including Le Creusot, Ornans, Tarbes and Villeurbanne in France.

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