Qatar Railways (Qatar Rail) has awarded a contract to two French and US companies for conducting design and technical tests for the operation of the Phase 1 of Doha Metro project, the Peninsula has reported. A €170m (QR860.29m) contract was bagged by French railway transport engineering consultancy, SYSTRA while California-based Parsons Corp. According to the deal, the two firms will be responsible for all operational tests required before commissioning Phase 1 of the metro project to be completed by 2017. The first phase of the Metro project includes 85km network with 37 stations and 55 tunnels.
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