A consortium led by France’s Alstom has won a AED851m ($231m) maintenance contract for the first phase of Al-Sufouh tram project in Dubai.

The emirate’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded the 13-year maintenance contract to the group that also comprises local/Belgian Cofely-Belhasa Six Construct. The deal also includes an extension of five years and covers rolling stock and fixed installations. Phase one covers the construction for 10.7 kilometres and 11 stations.

Alstom is also likely to be awarded the maintenance contract for phase two of the project, which covers an extra 14 tramsets, 5km of track and six stations. After many project delays and issues over financing, the RTA has now secured the funding necessary to complete the tram project (MEED 6:2:12).

Alstom/Besix is also the contracting consortium on the tram project.

The tram runs along Al-Sufouh Road and the first phase runs from Dubai Marina up to Knowledge Village. The total network comprises 17 passenger stations, of which 11 stations are covered under phase one. Each train measures 44 metres in length and has a capacity to accommodate about 300 passengers. The fleet consists of 11 trams in phase one. Once phase two is complete, there will be a fleet of 25 trains able to transport about 5,000 passengers a hour.

The tramway will run at grade level along Al-Sufouh road, but will be elevated in sections of Dubai Marina.