RTA reveals traffic plans for New Year's Eve
An additional 11,000 parking spaces will be provided around the Burj Khalifa area
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has revealed a traffic plan as the Emirate attempts to avoid the chaos which ensued during the New Year celebrations 12 months ago.
The ushering in of 2014 was met with frustration around many parts of Dubai, with huge tailbacks and traffic jams greeting the turn of another year, particularly around the Burj Khalifa and Palm Jumeirah.
But engineer Maitha bin Adai, CEO of the RTA and head of the traffic management team for dealing with operational plans during official occasions and annual events at the RTA, said: "The team has taken all necessary measures to facilitate the traffic movement at Burj Khalifa area during the celebration of the New Year's Day. The traffic plan included the provision of an additional 11,000 parking spaces, as well as feeder buses for metro stations, which will be running around-the-clock."
Two express lanes in both directions of Al Saada Street from Dubai World Trade Centre to the Business Bay district will be dedicated for buses and taxis only.
"We have got a ready and approved plan to control the traffic movement during the New Year's Eve, where the team would play a key role in giving way to vehicles leaving the area after the end of the event.
“The team has made the necessary co-ordination for this event, taking into consideration the latest developments such as utilising the new roads opened of late by the RTA including Al Asayel Street, where the outbound traffic will be closed (from Oud Metha Street to the Business Bay district) in order to dedicate this lane for buses and taxis on the day of the event. However, one lane will be dedicated for buses and taxis in the opposite direction from the Business Bay to Oud Metha Street," explained Maitha.
There will be 1,500 extra parking slots at the World Trade Centre, 8,000 at Meydan, 500 at Al Jafliyah (directorate of residency & foreigners affairs) and 1,000 at Zabeel Park in addition to the parking yard at the front of Al Wasl Sports Club to enable visitors to park their vehicles and use mass transit systems, which will be available for free.
About 130 buses will be deployed to commute riders between the parking spaces and the events site to avoid congestion.
"The Dubai Metro will be providing non-stop service during the New Year's Eve and the Burj Khalifa - Dubai Mall Metro Station will be closed from 10pm on Wednesday 31 December up to 6am on Thursday 1 January so that riders can use the Business Bay and the Dubai Financial Centre stations as an option, where buses will be operating to lift riders free of charge to the nearest station.
“During the events on 31 December 2014 the public transport ridership is expected to hit 820,000 riders and on Thursday 1 January the ridership is likely to be around 490,000 riders. The pedestrian bridge nearby Burj Khalifa on the Sheikh Zayed Road will be closed at 12am (midnight)," she added.