Dubai’s Route 2020 metro extension ‘70% complete’

Dubai’s transport authority on Saturday announced that its Route 2020 project, which is the extension of the Red Line of Dubai Metro to the Expo 2020 site, has reached 70 percent completion.

Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said the completion rate of track work on the line which extends 15km from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station has hit 80 percent while 50-60 percent of the station works have been finished.

Viaduct construction work had been completed spanning 11.8km, it added.

Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the RTA, revealed these details during an inspection tour to several stations including Expo, Al Furjan and Nakheel Harbour and Tower Stations.

He attended a briefing by AbdulMohsin Ibrahim Younes, CEO of Rail Agency, and Abdul Redha Abu Al Hasan, executive director of Rail Planning and Projects Development.

Al Tayer inspected the progress of the Expo Station which will handle millions of visitors to serve the Expo 2020 site and comprises a ground floor, mezzanine, concourse, and a train platform level.

The central corridor at the concourse level links pedestrian movement between the two sides of the station. It has been designed to handle the expected number of riders during the period of Expo 2020.

The station has a capacity of 522,000 passengers per day in both directions, at a rate of 29,000 passengers per hour per direction.

Al Tayer also inspected the progress of work at Al Furjan station and Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station – a transfer station between Dubai Metro Red Line and Route 2020.

The RTA said the new metro carriages have been arriving in Dubai since August 2018, and the construction of viaducts was completed in November last year.

All rail works of Route 2020 are scheduled for completion by May with the RTA starting a test-run of the metro in February 2020.

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