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Qatar Long Distance Passenger & Freight Rail Network Project
This project involves construction of Long Distance Passenger and Freight Rail Network in Qatar. The Long Distance Passenger and Freight Rail will serve to connect residents to not only other cities in Qatar, but to population centers in rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries that includes Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE and Oman, through the proposed regional rail network. This rail network will have positive ramifications on the country's environment through the reduction of greenhouse gases, as a single journey effectively replaces the need for hundreds of cars and trucks to take the same trip. The long distance rail network consists of: - Mixed (passenger and freight traffic) rail line from Doha to Saudi Arabia (GCC component) - High speed passenger rail line from Doha to Bahrain - Freight rail line from Mesaieed Port to Ras Laffan - Mixed (passenger and freight traffic) rail line from Doha to Dukhan - Mixed (passenger and freight traffic) rail line from Doha to Al Shamal. Phase 1 includes construction of nearly 143 kilometers of operational railway track with 34 turnouts (main tracks), one station, three freight yards, one inter-modal yard, 59 bridges and 36 culverts (a tunnel for a road or drain going under a road or railroad). Scope of work comprises civil works (earthworks, bridges, culverts, track works, freight yards, inter-modal yard and passenger station, its architecture and MEP), railway systems manufacture, installation and integration of equipment; manufacture and supply of rolling stock, and railway operation and maintenance. To be developed in distinct phases, the Long Distance Passenger and Freight Rail network will cover a distance of 350 kilometers at a speed ranging between 220 and 270 kilometers per hour for passenger trains and 120 kilometers per hour for freight trains. It will also include a mixed (Passenger and Freight) rail line from Doha to Dukhan as well as a mixed (Passenger and Freight) rail line from Doha to Al Shamal. The network will be executed over four phases, with plans to initiate the enabling works in 2015 and complete the fourth and final phase in 2030. Once completed, this network will include lines to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the new port and Hamad International Airport outside of Doha. A joint venture of US-based and France's Comapany has been awarded a consultancy services contract for the design of this scheme.