Dubai Metro Extension
The Dubai Metro, the first of its kind in the Gulf region, has increased rapidly since its launch in 2010 and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) expects to extend the Metro tracks to 110 kilometres by 2020 and 421 kilometres by 2030.
The RTA has already awarded the US$2.88 billion contract for the Route 2020 metro expansion to the Expolink Consortium led by France’s Alstom in June 2016. The group, which also includes Spain’s Acciona and Turkey’s Gulermak, will begin construction of the 15 kilometre route linking the Nakheel Harbour and Tower station on the metro’s Red Line to the Expo 2020 site by the end of 2016.
The metro is one of the longest driverless metro lines in the world and carried 164 million passengers in 2014 travelling on two red and green lines across the city.
In addition to planning three new lines, the Dubai authorities want public transport to reach 30 per cent of the population by 2030. That could mean almost a third of all travellers riding either the metro or a bus.
Dubai is changing and making the car a less attractive option for getting around and the metro system is playing its part by helping to reduce traffic congestion and accidents and minimize environmental pollution.
The cost of building the metro has reached nearly US$8 billion so far but the authorities are hoping to recoup nearly US$5 billion in income from the transport scheme over the next decade.
Passenger numbers are rising year on year and there is now a growing need to expand the two existing lines that stretch 70 kilometres and take in 47 stations. The RTA’s vision is to add 421 kilometres of metro line by 2030 to accommodate the estimated population of 4 million in Dubai.
The growth and popularity of Dubai’s metro system will result in more multi-million-dollar contracts being awarded to infrastructure companies, many of whom will be attending The Middle East Concrete and PMV Live 2016.
Hosting global events such as Expo 2020 has underlined the need for a larger network which will require further large-scale architectural and infrastructure projects, boosting the consumption of concrete and PMV in the region.
James Meltz, Event Director for Middle East Concrete and PMV Live said: “The Dubai Metro has been a huge success since its inception and this can only be good news for the infrastructure sector with many more construction projects on the horizon. Infrastructure experts believe that Dubai offers a model for other cities in the region to follow. The system is tailored to the needs of the city and the step-by-step approach to construction has proved to be a very sensible one.”