Huge progress made on Dubai's new metro route
Images of Dubai’s new metro line, Route 2020, have just been released and it looks like the project will be finished on time for the Expo.
The news comes after HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) visited the site to inspect work, which will extend the Dubai Metro Red Line from Nakheel Harbour & Tower Station to the Expo 2020 site.
Work on the AED10.6billion route is well underway. The images released by the Dubai Media Office show that a handful of pillars have been put up which, according to Al Tayer, puts the completion percentage of the mammoth Expolink project to roughly seven percent.
We’re super excited for this project to finish because not only will it be the biggest in the city, it will also provide direct access to areas like the Discovery Gardens, Jumeriah Gold Estates and Dubai Investment Parks.
That’s not all, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has also announced that they will be introducing 50 new trains to their fleet; 15 will be exclusively for the Expo and the remaining 35 will go to improving the overall traffic on the Dubai Metro.
Route 2020 will feature seven stations; five elevated and two underground and will run from the Nakheel Harbour & Tower Station to the Expo 2020 site.
Speaking on the progress of the already iconic site Al Tayer said: “Casting the pillars of the metro viaduct is a landmark achievement in the progress of the project works. This step marks the emergence of the project components, rendering it visible to road users and residents of the neighbourhood.”
He added: “The construction of Route 2020 Project is part of Dubai Plan 2021 for achieving sustainable development and offering world-class services. It is also an implementation of RTA Strategic Plan 2021 for providing mass transit systems comprising the metro, tram, buses and marine transit modes. The ultimate aim of these plans is to realise RTA’s vision of Safe & Smooth Transport for all.”