Corniche closure takes effect; MoI announces plan to ensure smooth operations

Corniche closure takes effect; MoI announces plan to ensure smooth operations

By QLNews

As the Corniche closure takes effect from today until December 4, the Ministry of Interior's Corniche Closure Committee has confirmed that a complete plan has been developed to ensure smooth traffic flow and safety of commuters taking alternate routes.

Corniche will remain closed from November 26 to December 4 in preparation for the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021, which kicks off on Tuesday, November 30.

During this time, a complete plan will be implemented, starting with engineering works by linking traffic lights to each other, and providing roads with more than 110 signboards and more than 49 electronic signs on the roads.

This will be in addition to seven construction works on separate intersections on the roads to improve movement flow during the closure of the Corniche. 

Eleven pedestrian crossings have been allocated for pedestrians' entrances and exits to the Corniche, and the seaside will be for pedestrians only, according to First Lieutenant Eng. Khaled Nasser Al Mulla, Head of the Technical Committee of the Corniche Closure Committee.

The MoI official was speaking at a press conference, where he confirmed that two events will be held at the Corniche: the 5-minute fireworks during the weekend at 8 pm and the food festival, which will start at 3 pm from today and continue until December 4. He added that the food festival at Al Bidda Park will run from today until December 17.

The Corniche will be reopened on December 5, Eng. Khaled said.

He further mentioned that security will be deployed on all lines and intersections to avoid any disruption of the roads, especially at the yellow box for the safety and security of the public and road users. 

Regarding access to Corniche, Eng. Khaled said public can use the metro, which includes 37 stations throughout the country, and 14 of them have a "park and move" service by parking the car next to the station.

Shuttle buses will be available for different routes for transportation from today until December 4.

The public can avail of the Corniche, B-Ring Road and C-Ring Road loop services to reach places such as Souq Waqif, Hotel Park (Sheraton), Al Bidda Park and several others. 

The buses will be operating every 15 minutes, the official mentioned.

The Corniche loop service will have 11 pick-up and drop-off points, while the B-Ring Road service will have 15 and the C-Ring Road service 19, according to information available on Sila, the platform that brings together Qatar’s transport modes into one network. Detailed maps are available on Sila’s Twitter page.

Shuttle bus and Metro services 
 
* Corniche loop bus service: 
Northbound stops – Souq Waqif Metro station, Al Bidda Park, Post Office, Hotel Park (Sheraton), DECC Metro station, and City Center Doha. 
Southbound stops – Hotel Park (Sheraton), Post Office, Al Bidda Park, Dhow Harbour, and Al Meena Street. 
 
* B-Ring Road loop bus service: 
Northbound stops – Souq Waqif Metro station, Dhow Harbour, Al Meena Street, Kaybar Street, Al Doha Al Jadeda Metro station, Rawdat Al Khail Street, Salwa Road, Doha Oasis, and Qatar Bowling Centre. 
Southbound stops – Al Bidda Street, Doha Oasis, Salwa Road, Rawdat Al Khail Street, Al Doha Al Jadeda Metro station, and Al Raqqah Street. 
 
* C-Ring Road loop bus service: 
Northbound stops – Souq Waqif Metro station, Dhow Harbour, Al Meena Street, National Museum Metro station, Umm Ghuwailina Metro station, Al Hilal, Al Rawabi Street, Salwa Road, Al Sadd Metro station, Rumailah Hospital, and Qatar Bowling Centre. 
Southbound stops – Al Bidda Street, Rumailah Hospital, Al Sadd Metro station, Salwa Road, Ali Bin Abi Talib Street, Al Hilal, Umm Ghuwailina Metro station, and National Museum Metro station. 
 
* Doha Metro timings: 
Doha Metro will operate between 2 pm and midnight today; between 6 am and 11 pm from tomorrow until November 29; between 6 am and 3 am from November 30 until December 18 (except Fridays); and between 9 am and 3 am from November 30 until December 18 (Fridays).

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