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Dubai’s RTA apologises for tram works traffic congestion

Transport authority vowed to reopen some intersections this week

Dubai’s RTA apologises for tram works traffic congestion
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Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has issued an apology to residents in the Jumeirah Beach Residence and Dubai Marina areas for the inconvenience caused by the ongoing Dubai Tram construction works and vowed that some intersections will be opened this week in order to ease traffic congestion.

“We would like to apologise to all road users in the areas surrounding the Dubai Tram Project for the inconvenience caused due to traffic and we’d like to ensure that we are committed to the completion of this project on time, which will serve both residents and visitors & will provide easy accessibility in the area,” the RTA said on its official Twitter page.

“We’d like to announce that a number of intersections will be opened in the same area this week and all major intersections will be opened before the end of this month,” it added.

Last month, the RTA said it had started executing the last traffic diversions as part of preparations for the Dubai Tram project, which is scheduled to start operating in November.

At the time, it said it was working on the final diversion on Jumeirah Beach Residence Street, Dubai Marina.

The 1km-long diversion will last for at least one month it said on August 20.

Maitha bin Udai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency, said two lanes on both sides of the street will be closed during the works and urged motorists to comply with road rules and following directional signs "to avoid traffic snarls".

Dubai's new tram will officially launch on November 11, it was announced last week.

It will be the first tramway project outside Europe to be powered by a ground-based electric supply system along the track without the need for overhead cables.

The initial phase of the project consists of a 10.6km-long track starting from the Dubai Marina and stretching up to the Tram Depot near Dubai Police Academy.

The tram network will feature 17 passenger stations and a fleet of 11 trams in the initial phase. Fourteen trams will be added in Phase 2 to make a total of 25 operating trams.

The tram is expected to transport about 27,000 passengers per day at the start of operations, and the number of passengers is expected to increase to 66,000 per day by 2020.

Each tram has seven coaches, including a gold suite and one cabin dedicated to women and children. It will be operated by Serco, the same company that manages the Dubai Metro.

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Adebee 6 years ago

As a long-term Marina resident, the tram infrastructure installation situation has been an absolute shambles.

There really is no excuse for poor advance communication, shocking traffic management and above all, unacceptable health and safety standards in the immediate surrounding areas.

I appreciate the need for speed but come on...there's better ways to execute these sorts of plans in the 21st century!

Christoph Platz 6 years ago

To apologise is good. To distribute some tram tickets for free for all inhabitants, that have been hit, ist better.

bob the builder 6 years ago

as a marina resident I can't wait for the creek extension through shk zayed road.
who needs a park anyways when money can be made from turning it into concrete.

Love Dubai 6 years ago

What is going on with the construction progress of Dubai Tram in Marina area is unacceptable under any measures. It is really a bad project Management with simply no experience of individuals responsible.
As an example, they simply closed a road after Friday prayers where everybody is driving back home. Roads get congested, everybody suffering, and NO ONE to talk to!!!!!!!
As mentioned in the previous comment by Adeebee, there are better ways to manage the right of ways in an arae fully occupied by people and traffic.
Whoever is responsible, PLEASE HELP AND interfere to rectify these unacceptable miss handling of roads' blocking.

arvale 6 years ago

Yes I can understand the people facing problems ...but what RTA is doing is fantastic and great job.

Darryl 6 years ago

What an absolute shambles of a show this has been!

The so called premier lifestyle destination in Dubai by the water, has been transformed into a complete disaster of a work-site. The traffic management plan has been woeful, works going on all hours and almost unbelievable levels of disruption to traffic.

Two nights ago, it took almost 3 hours hours to get home and this is regrettably not an exaggeration. The vision is great but in typical style the execution, administration and attention to detail have been shamefully lacking.

One can only imagine that rent will need to be readjusted to be more in keeping with the overwhelmingly negative assessment of the resident.

paul 6 years ago

I am not surprised by the chaos resulting from the substandard urban planning of JBR and Marina, aggravated with the tram's construction works. This is Dubai. Even if a project is designed (in isolation) by top architects, when it comes to the construction stage, unskilled and poorly paid Labour are the front line of the works.
What else could anybody who knows Dubai, possibly expect?
This is Dubai and all the GCC countries ways of building. One should not forget where exactly they are. The construction industry here is still a 3rdworld business.
Although Marina may provoke illusions to residents that this is the developed world, it sure is not when it comes to construction and therefore one should get real and reduce their expectations to the surrounding standards.
It will not get any better, for many generations to come.

2fillsworth 6 years ago

I agree with a comments made about this issue, good vision but poor execution.

The latest works have caused endless standstills and was done at the worst possible time. It should have been conducted during the summer months when traffic is considerably less.

I was faced with a frustrating prime example of how this is being executed this morning. They decided to block all traffic at 8am (peak traffic time) to paint the road markers. Common sense would suggest this is done in the middle of the night, but as always, common sense does not prevail.

Paul 6 years ago

When I wrote that construction projects are left to poorly paid labor, I didn't mean to make them responsible (they are the biggest victims of this place that I most respect), what I meant is that the top tiers (those responsible and have the power to influence productivity) are non-existent, either they do not have the skills, expertise, experience and/or are blocked by the inertia of the red-tape and cultural traits. Have you ever seen any "manager" around the tram site? I have not.
Yes, I agree this is the best you can find in the GCC and I well know it’s still "3rdworld", what I tried to point out is how come people get surprised by the chaos, when that's the norm here in the construction sector (due to poor top and mid management).
Just because Dubai has towers and a few sidewalks, we should not forget that this is just a camp in the desert and the actual standards are very low. Here, with construction, always expect chaos and delays - you will never get disappointed.

overhyped 6 years ago

Paul, I hear you, however if these standards are so exceedingly poor then how can it possibly be that rental in the Marina are so high and often compared to other such shining lights of London, Sydney, Singapore and New York?
Answer: it's all hype.