Final traffic diversions for Dubai Tram project
1km-long stretch at JBR to be in place for at least a month
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), is currently executing the last traffic diversion on Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) Street, Dubai Marina.
The 1km-long diversion, which lasts for at least one month, is part of the ongoing works of the Dubai Tram Project, scheduled to open in November.
Engineer Maitha bin Udai, CEO of the Traffic and Roads Agency, said: "The diversion works warrant temporary cessation of the two lanes on both sides of the street, thus shifting traffic temporarily to the service road.
"The RTA priorities as regards the tram project, is to ensure the highest degree of smooth traffic flow in the area, which requires the cooperation of visitors and motorists by observing and complying with road rules and following directional signs to avoid traffic snarls."
Bin Udai stressed RTA’s desire to reduce the duration of project works in order to minimise traffic jams resulting from the diversions, and complete the works in the shortest possible time.
"Work will be running daylong in the presence of a team of contractors and consultants ready for any emergency until the completion of the entire tram works," he said.
The traffic diversion currently underway will include three intersections at the JBR Street.
Initially, 27,000 passengers are expected to use the tram per day in the first phase, and expected to soar to as many as 66,000 passengers per day in 2020.
The Dubai Tram project extends 14.6km along Al Safouh Street. A total of 10.6km will be completed in the first phase, with the tram track starting at the Dubai Marina and ending at the Tram Depot near the Dubai Police Academy. In total it will include 17 passenger stations.
In the first phase, 11 stations will be implemented; encompassing business districts and densely-populated areas. As many as 11 trams will be operational, with 14 more trams to be added to the fleet in the second phase, bringing the total to 25 trams.
The tram track basically extends at-grade level along Al Sufouh Road but rises in an elevated section across certain areas of Dubai Marina for reasons dictated by urban structures of the locality.
Dubai Tram is linked with Dubai Metro at two stations: Dubai Marina Station and Jumeirah Lakes Towers Station via footpaths to facilitate passengers’ movement between the two transport means. The tram will also be linked with the Jumeirah Palm monorail at the entrance of the Palm on Al Sufouh Street with an air-conditioned footbridge.