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RTA chief checks progress on 50 new Dubai Metro trains

Mattar Al Tayer leads delegation to France where Alstom is building trains for metro extension project

RTA chief checks progress on 50 new Dubai Metro trains
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A senior Roads and Transport Authority delegation has visited France to check progress on the manufacture of 50 new trains for the Dubai Metro system.

According to state news agency WAM, the delegation, headed by RTA director general and chairman Mattar Al Tayer, met government officials and several firms specialised in transportation and smart systems in the city of Lyon.

The trains will be supplied by the France-based Alstom as part of Dubai's Route 2020 metro extension project.

Alstom was previously awarded the contract to supply 50 trains, 15 of which will serve the Expo 2020 and the other 35 will upgrade the level of service of the Dubai Metro.

The delegation also reviewed the latest developments in transit modes and smart systems in a bid to realise the 10x initiative of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, WAM reported.

Al Tayer said: "The RTA has introduced some additions and modifications to the interior design of the metro carriages such as dedicating the last carriage for ladies and children and leaving part of the first carriage for Gold Class and other carriages for Silver Class.

"Seats will be transversal in the Gold Class, and longitudinal in the Silver Class as well as in the Ladies and Children Carriage."

He added: "Work on the Route 2020 Project is progressing according to the approved schedule and the achievement rate had exceeded 12 percent. The project contractor is currently inserting piles at a depth of 25 to 30 metres, and work had started in casting concrete pillars of the metro via a duct.
"This stage would be a milestone in the progress chart of the project works marking the emergence of the project components, which would be visible to road users and inhabitants of nearby areas," he said.

The Route 2020 extends approximately 15km from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station on the Red Line, comprising an 11.8km elevated track and 3.2km underground track. It has seven stations, including an interchange station, one station at the Expo site, 3 elevated stations and 2 underground stations.

The capacity of the route will be 46,000 riders per hour in both directions and is expected to hit 125,000 per day by 2020.

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