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Qatar signs deal for Doha Metro driverless trains

Qatar signs deal for Doha Metro driverless trains

First phase to launch in 2019

A group of five companies have signed a contract with Qatar Rail to enable the build of an automated driverless metro system in Doha

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Corporation, Hitachi, The Kinko Sharyo Co and Thales have announced that they have signed an agreement for the acceptance of a new project with Qatar Rail. The new venture will allow citizens to travel easily across the city via a driverless train system comparable to Dubai's. The contract includes the laying of the track, the sale of various systems including signals, railway vehicles, power distribution, telecommunications and tunnel ventilation.

The announcement also included details about what can be expected of the experience, comprising of: Automated fare collections consisting of either a card or token held up to a sensor at a gate and platform screen doors to act as a safety barrier between the platform and the tracks. 

The metro will run through the city of Doha connecting main areas such as Hamad International Airport, the Old City and developing city area including Lusail and West Bay. It will entail four lines – Red, Green, Blue and Gold with the plan to cover a distance of 241 kilometres and 123 of those kilometres will be underground tunnels and require 106 stations.