Dubai Metro delays Green Line opening

Previously slated to launch in August 2011, the 23km line is expected to start in the last quarter of this year
Dubai Metro delays Green Line opening
The launch of Dubai Metro’s Green Line has been pushed back from its scheduled August 2011 opening, according to a report (KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
By Gavin Davids
Mon 11 Apr 2011 10:54 AM

The launch of Dubai Metro’s Green Line has been pushed back from its scheduled August 2011 opening, according to a report.

Originally slated for completion in April 2010, the Green Line is not expected to be open for passengers until the last quarter of this year, the 7 Days daily said on Sunday.

The Green Line is the second line of the Dubai Metro network, which was officially opened in September 2009. On the completion, the Green Line will have 18 stations spanning 22.5 km, and will run through heavily populated areas such as Deira and Bur Dubai.

Of the 18 stations on the Green Line, 12 are to be elevated and six will be underground stations.

The line is expected to handle as many as 22,000 passengers per hour.

In November of 2010, RTA officials said that they were considering extending the Green Line by a further 20 kilometres so as to link it to Dubai’s Academic City.

If approved, the plan will benefit thousands of students and staff at the education development, which is set to have 40,000 students by the end of 2015.

The latest postponement of the Green Line comes in the wake of the Dubai Metro cutting staff and trains in a bid to reduce costs.

In March of this year, the Dubai Rail Agency, part of the RTA, said that it would cut back the number of daily trains in operation and reviewed maintenance processes in order to achieve savings of AED7.5m ($2.04m).

It said at the time that the Green Line would also see the same initiatives, which would save it an estimated $12.79m.

Adnan Al Hammadi, CEO of RTA Rail Agency, said at the time that the company had rolled out as many as 15 different initiatives last year, all aimed at slashing costs and reducing revenue.

“The majority of initiatives undertaken have been carried out in a phased manner over the year,” he told state news agency, WAM.

“There were some procedures taken as regards the contract made with Dubai Metro operator, Serco Co in terms of reducing the number of employees, number of daily trains in operation, working hours and maintenance processes,” he added.

 

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