5 March 2014
US engineering and construction firm Parsons has been awarded a consultancy services contract for the design of the Qatar Long Distance Railway Network as part of a joint venture.
Parsons will work with French rail and public transport specialists Systra to design the railway, which will provide freight and passenger services in Qatar and to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
The railway will provide freight and freight and passenger nationally and to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain (Wikimedia Commons)
The 248.5-mile railway will include six freight facilities, a depot, and seven passenger stations.
It will be integrated with the new Doha Metro and is also part of the Gulf Cooperation Council rail network.
Parsons MEA president, Guy Mehula, said: "This design consultancy project is of strategic importance to the State of Qatar in meeting its national vision, and we look forward to working with Qatar Railways Company to begin work on the project early this year."