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Dubai's RTA officially signs $2.9bn deal for metro extension

Transport authority says agreement inked for Route 2020 project; test run set to start in Q4 2019

Dubai's RTA officially signs $2.9bn deal for metro extension
(Photo: courtesy of RTA Twitter feed)

Dubai's transport authority said on Monday that it has officially signed the contract to build the Route 2020 metro expansion project to Expolink, a consortium of French, Spanish and Turkish companies.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said the project, which carries a cost of AED10.6 billion ($2.9 billion), covers the extension of the Red Line of Dubai Metro 15km from Nakheel Harbour & Tower Station to the site of Expo 2020, as well as the supply of 50 trains.

The contract was signed on behalf of the RTA by Mattar AlTayer, director-general and chairman and on behalf of Expolink Consortium by Henri Poupart-Lafarge, chairman and CEO of Alstom, Jose Manuel Entrecanales, chairman and CEO of ACCIONA and Kemal Guleryuz, chairman and CEO of Gulermack.

Al Tayer said in a statement that he was delighted with the signing of the contract which will emcompass seven stations.

According to the contract, Alstom will supply 50 trains, 15 of them for serving Expo, and 35 for upgrading the service of the Dubai Metro.

“The construction works in the project have immediately started after laying the foundation stone last September. The consortium is currently undertaking soil analysis... Drilling works for laying pillars will commence before the end of this year. The test run of the newly extended line is anticipated to start in the final quarter of 2019, and the official service is scheduled for launch during the first quarter of 2020 namely on 20 May 2020,” added Al Tayer.

Poupart-Lafarge said: “We are honoured to be awarded another contract by RTA illustrating its continuous trust in Alstom after the delivery of Dubai tramway. With the Dubai Expo 2020, the city and its transportation system will be in the spotlight as modern, connected, and focused on the future.

"Alongside Acciona and Gulermack, we will be fully dedicated to making this project a success and provide a metro system that is the most comfortable, reliable and safe.”

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Victory Red 3 years ago

I wish they would also sort out the roads in this part of town - "mid-town" is a mess!

They need to fix the extension to the Al Khail road!!!

That whole area of Dubai feels like it has been forgotten. Endless traffic jams & with more towers being finished in the Sports City, JVC etc. areas, it is scheduled to only get worse.

A 12 lane highway - a road to nowhere.....literally