By Staff writer
New feature to see all traffic lights turn red as Dubai Tram approaches junction
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is to reopen two turns at a Dubai Marina intersection.
A left turn and U-turn at Al Sufouh and Al Gharbi Street, along the track of the Dubai Tram, are to reopen in early September, reported state news agency WAM.
It is part of a five-year plan to see zero accidents caused by the operation of the Dubai Tram by 2020, said Maitha Bin Adai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency.
"We have introduced a feature in the traffic light signalling system whereby all light signals will turn red once the tram approaches the junction,” said Bin Adai.
“We have installed surveillance cameras to monitor vehicles jumping the red signals in coordination with the General Department of Traffic at the Dubai Police. We have also launched awareness campaigns in this regard and a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Dubai Police to ensure the safe use of these turns.
“The Dubai Tram boasts of sophisticated technologies to alert speeding tram drivers and automatically reduce the speed in case of no response from the driver. There is a code of conduct applicable to tram drivers committing multiple offences posing risks to road-users."