A preferred alignment has been selected for the Expo line
- New metro line will link to Dubai Expo 2020 site
- Most of the 15-kilometre-long line will be elevated, with 3km underground
- Section will pass under Mohammed bin Zayed Road
Dubais Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) plans to build seven stations along the new metro line that will link to the Dubai Expo 2020 site.
According to sources close to the scheme, a preferred alignment for the 15-kilometre-long metro line has now been selected. It will run from the Nakheel Harbour & Tower station area past Discovery Gardens, a development known as Golf City, Dubai Investments Park and onto the Expo site.
There will be a station at the existing Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station on the Red Line, three serving Discovery Gardens, and one each at Golf City, Dubai Investments Park/Green Community, and one at the Expo.
Most of the line will be elevated, with 3km underground, including a section passing under Mohammed bin Zayed Road, formerly known as Emirates Road.
MEED reported in December that the RTA was in discussions with local developer Nakheel about connecting Discovery Gardens to the metro network. The roads around Discovery Gardens are heavily congested during peak hours and alternative modes of transport for residents should help reduce the volume of traffic.
MEED reported in January that the RTA is preparing to tender the contract in July after expressions of interest (EoIs) are sought from contractors. Suppliers and contractors have already been in contact with the RTA. Although not fully decided, it is likely the line will be a standalone system and the work will be tendered with the rolling stock and systems just as the first two lines of the Dubai Metro were in 2004.
Rolling stock as systems providers such as Italys Ansaldo STS, Canadas Bombardier, Japans Mitsubishi, and Germanys Siemens,
Mitsubishi is expected to be a strong contender for the project as it built the first two lines of the Dubai metro network in a consortium with two other Japanese companies, Obayashi Corporation and Kajima Corporation, and Turkeys Yapi Merkezi.
In July 2014, the RTA awarded a joint venture of the US Parsons International and Frances Systra the contract to complete the preliminary engineering for the new metro line. Work on the study began in August.
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