New Dubai Metro trains a 'milestone' in Route 2020 construction
RTA's HE Mattar Al Tayer described the technical test run of the trains as a major development in the project that will serve Expo 2020 Dubai
The first of Dubai’s new Metro trains will arrive in the emirate this November, with the development described by the head of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) as a "milestone" in the extension of the Red Line that will serve Expo 2020 Dubai.
HE Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of RTA’s board of executive directors, made the announcement after attending the technical test run of the first train at Alstom Company’s factory in Poland, Dubai Media Office reported.
The new rail carriages are being manufactured under a contract for the supply of 50 trains, 15 of which will be deployed to serve Expo 2020 Dubai, and 35 of which will be used to enhance Dubai Metro services.
The train rolled over the test track at varying speeds, with multiple tests carried out on the safety systems, electric propulsion, braking system, emergency stops, and the train door operating systems.
According to the report, Al Tayer described the technical test run of the trains as a “milestone in the construction Route 2020, which involves the extension of the Dubai Metro Red Line 15km from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station to the site of Expo 2020”.
He added that tests will continue until the shipment of the trains to ensure the reliability of results, and will cover a wide range of issues such as the air-conditioning systems, electrical feed and braking systems, coupling of coaches, disconnecting of power supply, rail monitoring and control systems, and operational tests of the train under normal and emergency conditions.
The improved interior design, according to the report, will increase the intake of trains by 8% from 643 riders to 696 riders, without affecting the identity of handles, lighting, and locations of digital signage.
The exterior design of trains, Al Tayer added, will remain unchanged to maintain the design identity of Dubai Metro and its familiar colours to the public.