RTA floated civil tender for construction of 20-km tracks under Dubai Metro Extension

Maria Rose Posted on: 2022-10-08 10:15:00 Viewer: 4,188 Comments: 0 Country: United Arab Emirates City: Dubai

RTA floated civil tender for construction of 20-km tracks under Dubai Metro Extension

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Urban Transport News): Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority has issued civil tender notices to contractors to look at significantly extending the Dubai Metro Rail network in the city. The work would involve construction of 20.6 kilometres of tracks along with 11 metro stations,  if the project goes ahead.

The Green Line extension would be the most significant of the two lines, with 20.6km of new track and 11 new stations, according to the procurement notice issued by RTA.

The plan appears to match a scheme outlined almost a decade ago, which was designed to unlock parts of the city with few transport links. The plan was to extend the Green Line from its current terminus at Al Jadaf across the Creek to Emaar's Dubai Harbour development and then onto Academic City.

Accoding to plan, the Red Line would be extended by 3.5km from the current terminus at Rashidiya to finish at Mirdif City Centre, a large suburban mall close to Dubai International Airport, with a single new station built.

The original plan for at least four metro lines was scaled back more than a decade ago. But a six-station 15 km extension to Expo 2020, at an estimated cost of US$2.9 billion, was regarded as a major factor in the success of the world's fair, transporting hundreds of thousands of visitors there.

The existing Green Line stations are in Bur Dubai and Deira in the city's old town, while the Red Line cuts through the metropolis in a straight line, connecting the old city and airport to Downtown, Dubai Marina, and Expo 2020 in the far south-west.

The RTA did not comment on the new contracts but in May said it was looking at how to “develop the infrastructure of road networks and means of transportation, including the expansion of Dubai Metro lines”.

Dubai's population of 3.5 million is forecast to reach 5.8 million by 2040, according to a government report last year, with new public transport links crucial to handling that capacity.

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