Although still in its early stages, the plan is divided into various components, ranging from a tram system to more interchanges, tunnels, roads and flyovers. The tramway will entail the construction of a line running for about 11 kilometres, possibly from the Burj al-Arab Dubai Light Rail (DLR) station to the JBR. It is also likely to connect to a second station on the DLR. Total project costs for the tramway system are likely to exceed $200 million.

DM also plans to build two more interchanges in the Al-Sufouh area of Sheikh Zayed highway in addition to the reconstruction of the Dubai Marina interchange, for which the local Wade Adams Contracting was awarded the 20-month contract in early July. Plans also entail construction of bridges and tunnels giving access to JBR and Dubai Marina from Al-Sufouh road as well as providing more access to the DMC district. France’s MVA Systrais working on the transport masterplan for the Al-Sufouh area.

The plan is the latest effort by DM to improve deteriorating traffic conditions in the emirate. The joint venture of South Africa’s Africonand the local Al-Burj Engineering Consultantsis carrying out a nine-month masterplan for Dubai’s road and transport systems, while UK-based Maunsellis developing a comprehensive water-based public transport system masterplan for Dubai and Sharjah. DM has also invited consultants to purchase terms of reference by 5 September for the eight-month Dubai Parking Control System study.

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