Qatar Rail has received a batch of two additional Doha metro trains and in the upcoming months additional trains are set to arrive at the Hamad Port.
The new trains will be added to the fleet increasing the number of trains serving the city’s metro system from 75 units to 110 trainsets.
The new trains will be moved to the Al-Wakra depot owned by Qatar Rail for assembly and testing purposes to be integrated later on into the existing rail system. All the necessary tests will be conducted to ensure the highest standards of safety are met.
The trains will boost network’s capacity during the FIFA World Cup which will take place in 2022 in Doha which is expected to attract over a 1.5 million visitors. The trains will also serve the future expansion of the Doha Metro lines that Qatar Rail company intends to implement.
“The additional trainsets will undoubtedly boost the network’s capacity and decrease the headways on all the lines. Moreover, providing a comprehensive and seamless transport experience for visitors and crowds during the FIFA World Cup 2022. In addition, this strategic move will contribute to the achievement of the project’s long-term goals represented in the expansion of the current network,” Abdullah Abdulaziz Al-Subaie, the CEO of Qatar Rail said.
The delivery is part of a contract signed with Kinki Sharyo in 2018 for the supply of 35 three-car trainsets. According to the delivery schedule, the last batch will arrive by the end of the second quarter of 2021. Kinki Sharyo is delivering Doha Metro a total fleet of 75 trainsets since 2017.
The metro train design embodies the Qatari heritage and culture combined with the state-of-the-art technology. They are designed and manufactured at Kinki Shario factories located in Osaka, Japan.
Each metro train consisting of three cars has one for Gold and Family class and two for the Standard Class. The capacity of a trainset reaches 129 seats, of which 16 seats at Gold class, 26 seats for Family class and 88 seats at Standard class.
The new trains are able to run at speeds of 100 km/h which make them the fastest driverless trains in the world.
In May 2019, Doha Metro has started the transport services on the first section of the Red Line, running from Al Qassar to Al Wakrah, while the second section of the line was put into commercial operation in December, when the Green Line was also opened.