Taxi drop-off, pick-up area on the Doha Corniche
Close your eyes and picture the atmosphere: a sea of flags, colours and fans bursting with excitement fill the streets of Doha. Thousands of supporters from all corners of the world will arrive in Qatar in 2022 to attend the first ever FIFA World Cup™ to take place in the Middle East. The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) is preparing in detail to make sure that these fans enjoy a seamless experience on the transport system in Qatar.
The SC has developed a number of simulation models as part of the infrastructure planning process for the first ever compact tournament, which will make travel quick and efficient. At the State level, the SC is using transport modelling to plan stadium access routes for teams and spectators, using either the planned Doha Metro, shuttle buses or private vehicles. Special measures - such as implementing dedicated lanes for tournament traffic – are being studied to see how the needs of the spectators and travellers can best be met.
Micro-simulation of traffic around Souq Waqif in central Doha
At a more detailed level, simulation systems showing individual vehicles are employed to investigate the impact stadia and fan zones might have on traffic and on overall transport operations. While the location, size and number of fan zones have not yet been established, the simulation model for one of the potential sites has been developed in order to evaluate transportation requirements and to understand operational issues. The model can represent vehicles, junctions and roundabouts, and factor in other elements.
A forecast of traffic conditions in 2022 and an estimate of the number of fans expected in the country for the tournament are combined and assigned into the Qatar Strategic Transport Model network to identify hotspots. This process will serve to advise the SC and other stakeholders on strategic transport decisions both for the tournament and after 2022. The SC communicates with various stakeholders and authorities responsible for transport planning and the delivery of transport infrastructure programmes in Qatar.
Tournament shuttle bus access to the Fan Zone location
At even greater detail, the SC has a specialist crowd movement team which studies individual spectator movements at stadium precincts and relevant non-competition venues. The team employs a wide array of tools from simple spreadsheets with specific sets of parameters for crowd movement, to sophisticated crowd modelling software. This software can represent each single spectator on his or her journey between the transport nodes and the stadium precinct, as well as within the stadium itself.
Crowd modelling is being undertaken for each proposed stadium precinct for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ in order to analyse pedestrian circulation and identify any specific issues in terms of exceeded crowd density, spectator journey times, queuing and waiting times.
With such a detailed level of planning already underway, the fan and player experience while getting to the stadiums is sure to be comfortable and fast at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.