MoTC collects data to develop Qatar Freight Master PlanThamer Freihat
In a bid to establish a modern infrastructure for freight industry across the country as part of an integrated transportation system, the Ministry of Transport and Communications is likely to finalise Qatar Freight Master Plan by end of next year.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) is currently considering the Qatar Freight Master Plan (QFMP), which is expected to be finalised by the end of 2022.
The Ministry said in a statement yesterday that it is on the stage of collecting data and conducting relevant surveys and questionnaires. The effort includes collecting a wide-range of freight-related information on origins, routes and destinations of freight movements, the flow rate of trucks at major junctions, as well as other qualitative and quantitative data on the performance of freight industry across Qatar in general.
Field surveys are collecting data needed to develop the QFMP. Extensive data will be collected through traffic counts on roads, traffic counts on junctions using cameras, measuring trip duration on existing roads, classifying the vehicles including all types of trucks, and conducting surveys and questionnaires with employers and staff of construction, logistics, heavy and light transportation and freight services companies, as well as with harbors countrywide and Hamad International Airport.
Based on this information, a traffic model that simulates the reality can be developed supported by an enhanced capability for understanding how variables are impacting freight activity till 2050, as well as the latest techniques deployed in freight and delivery industry.
The QFMP aims to establish a modern infrastructure for freight industry across the country as part of an integrated transportation system in such a way that upgrades the culture and service of freight in Qatar to the best global standards and practices in terms of traffic safety and least possible environmental imprint.
It will also contribute to economic and urban growth and an improved road freight for people and visitors of Qatar, thus meeting the Qatar National Vision 2030 objectives for sustainability, growing economic productivity, social equity and livable neighborhoods.
This project is for developing plans for freight routes across the country, be them private or joint. The aim is to reduce freight traffic on road congestion.
It is also preparing a freight route designing guidebook and setting systems and policies relating to freight, its modes and work hours on well-considered routes in such a way that meets the expectations of developers and freight companies in Qatar. Additionally, the project is establishing an electronic GIS and assistive smart applications to be used by all the concerned bodies in Qatar till 2050.
Upon completing the stage of data collection and surveys, a specialised MoTC team will embark on an integrated and sustainable designing for all freight modes, develop a freight route designing guidebook and develop relevant policies for the miscellaneous freight networks and systems.