Completion of Dubai Tram system on target

DUBAI: Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, has announced that the completion rate for the entire works of the Dubai Tram project has now hit 93 percent.

He revealed that the completion rate of the tram s depot has exceeded 92 percent and expected all works in this maintenance and storage facility to be completed next August, adding that the completion rate for the tram system s stations is currently hovering around 91 percent.

Al Tayer made this statement during a site tour of the project that included the depot, stations and footbridges, during which he was accompanied by Abdullah Yousef Al Ali, Acting CEO of the Rail Agency, along with a host of directors and engineers and the project contractor.

During the tour, he inspected the work progress in various sites of the project, particularly bridges, stations and completion rates in various components of the project which is progressing according to the approved time chart that sets next November as a cut-off date for the project completion.

Al Tayer inspected the depot, which comprises 11 environment-friendly buildings, and has a capacity to accommodate 25 trams. The facility includes a control centre for the rail operations which verifies the safety of doors, brakes and motors of each tram in addition to air-conditioners along with other sophisticated ancillary electronic systems, maintenance workshops and washing and cleaning workshops.

The RTA Chairman also inspected work progress in the 11 stations along the tramway where he inspected the final finishing works and the automated door technology used in passenger platforms which are synchronised with the opening and closing mechanism of the tram doors.

Al Tayer also inspected the progress in road works in the vicinity of the tram project as well as pedestrian crossings, and the safety rail separating the tram from pedestrians throughout the tramway. He directed officials to attach paramount attention to the traffic safety aspect, particularly the management of overlapping traffic movement of vehicles and trams in order to explain the security aspects to all road users, be it pedestrians, tram riders or motorists.