Guinness World Record: Doha’s new metro
Acceleration, mobility and environmental protection – these are the drivers of Qatar’s current major project in its capital Doha: The construction of three metro lines covers a total of 111 kilometres. And the site already fulfills the project’s motto acceleration before the first train departs: In peak periods the tunnels grew 2.5 kilometres a week, 21 tunnel boring machines were used simultaneously. At the same time 470,497 concrete segments were assembled to 70,071 tunnel rings. Furthermore this construction phase took only 26 month, from August 2014 until September of this year.
This performance resulted in an entry into the Guinnes World Records. The organisation of the major project made that possible: Four international joint ventures work together, the 21 tunnel boring machines are special orders from the german specialised manufacturer Herrenknecht.
In 2020 the three new metro lines start operating, until 2026 major extensions are planned. Abdulla Al Subaie, Qatar Rail’s Managing Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee stated: “The Doha Metro project is a vital part of Qatar’s long term plan to support a growing economy while improving the lives of the country’s residents.”