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 80 per cent completion.
The line extends 15km from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station (11.8km of elevated track, and 3.2km of the underground track).
On the project’s progress, RTA said more than 80 per cent on the rail track work and 50 to 60 per cent of the station works of Route 2020 Project had been completed.
The viaduct construction work had also been completed spanning 11.8 km, revealed Mattar Al Tayer, the director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of RTA.
Al Tayer inspected the progress of the Expo Station – one of the key stations in the project network that will handle millions of visitors as it is the main link to the Expo site.
The station has been meticulously designed to ensure accessibility and smooth operations at all times. The multi-level structure of the station comprises a ground floor, mezzanine, concourse, and a train platform level.
It will serve Expo 2020 site and the surroundings as it extends from Expo Village and Expo Mall to the West, and to Expo Yard towards the East.
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, said the statement from RTA.
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, it stated.
The completion rate of the Expo Station has exceeded 50 per cent, and more than 90 per cent of the metal structures of the station has been installed, it added.
Al Tayer said work is up-and-running on the installation of the winged metal structure of the station, and more than 30 per cent of electromechanical works have been completed.
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 2019. RTA will start the test-run of the metro in February 2020, he added.
Source: Arabian Business