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RTA chief outlines Dubai Route 2020 project plan

by CW Staff on May 10, 2015


Al Tayer says work on the extension of the Dubai Metro has started.
Al Tayer says work on the extension of the Dubai Metro has started.

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Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Saturday it has commenced work on its Route 2020 project which will see Dubai's driverless metro system extended from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station to the site of Expo 2020.

Route 2020 will add 15 km to the service, 11 km of which will be elevated or above grade, and 4 km underground. The project includes five elevated and two underground stations. Three stations serving Al Maktoum International Airport are also planned for construction.

The project has been planned under the directive of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Speaking at a conference hosted by RTA in Dubai, HE Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of the RTA said the project will further his organisation’s aim to provide “mass transit systems comprising metro, tram, buses, and marine transit services,” in Dubai.

“Construction work on Route 2020 will start once the contract is awarded in the first quarter of 2016. The project will be a vital link between various areas of Dubai and Al Maktoum International Airport in the future,” Al Tayer said.

Route 2020 is expected to serve the city’s districts with average to high population density, such as The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estate and Dubai Investment Park.

“These communities are inhabited by about 240,000 persons, and their journey from the Dubai Marina to the site of Expo will take 16 minutes," explained Al Tayer.

Route 2020 will be tendered as a design-build contract, with pre-qualification requests expected to be accepted starting 31 May, 2015. The shortlist of consortiums qualified to undertake the project will be selected on 30 June, 2015, Al Tayer revealed.

“RTA will release the tender documents on 2 July, 2015, and 6 December, 2015 is the planned date for RTA to start receiving all submitted proposals. The winning consortium will be announced on 28 January, 2016,” Al Tayer added.

RTA chief outlines Dubai Route 2020 project plan

 



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