April 08, 2011

Parsons and Aecom to manage Qatari LRT project

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QATAR Railways Company and Qatari Diar have signed a five-year contract with a joint venture of Parsons and Aecom to manage construction of the Lusail light rail network.

The Riyals 155 million ($US 42.6 million) deal was signed in New York yesterday in the presence of Qatari prime minister His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani and US transportation secretary Mr Ray LaHood.

Lusail City is Qatar's largest domestic property development, covering an area of 38km2 north of the capital Doha. The $US 1.8 billion four-line light rail network will have 29 stations, seven of them underground. A fleet of 20 LRVs will be required to operate the 30km network, which will include a 6.6km underground section. Construction began in December 2010 and will be completed in the second half of 2015.

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