Dubai Route 2020: Work starts on pillars of Metro viaducts

Al Tayer inspects progress of work in Route 2020 Project

DUBAI 17 April 2017: Work has started on casting pillars of Metro viaducts, according to Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA).

Mattar Al Tayer, RTA Director-General and Chairman, inspected work progress of the Route 2020 Project involving the extension of the Dubai Metro Red Line 15 km from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station to the site of Expo 2020.

During the visit, Al Tayer inspected the Concrete Batching Yard where concrete segments of the metro viaduct are produced together with supporting pillars of a diameter ranging from 2.2 m to 2.6 m.

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The visit also included construction sites of several metro stations.

Al Tayer attended to a briefing from Abdul Rida Abu Al Hassan, Executive Director of Rail Projects Planning & Development at RTA’s Rail Agency and several engineers about the work progress in the project in which completion rate has clocked 7%. More than 200 piles have been inserted at depths ranging from 25 m to 30 m at Expo and Al Furjan sites. More than 20 pillars of about 7 meters in height have been casted.

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Al Tayer toured the site of Expo Station, one of the key stations and a communication point with the site of Expo 2020 characterized by a unique aeroplane wing shaped structures, which has been the main design inspiration of the station. He also toured the site of Jumeirah Golf Estates Station, one of the underground stations. The final station in the visit was Nakheel Harbour & Tower Station, the interchange station between the Red Line and Route 2020.

“Casting the pillars of the metro viaduct is a landmark achievement in the progress of the project works. This step marks the emergence of the project components, rendering it visible to road users and residents of the neighborhood,” commented Al Tayer.

“The construction of Route 2020 Project is part of Dubai Plan 2021 for achieving sustainable development and offering world-class services. It is also an implementation of RTA Strategic Plan 2021 for providing mass transit systems comprising the metro, tram, buses and marine transit modes. The ultimate aim of these plans is to realise RTA’s vision of Safe & Smooth Transport for All,” added Al Tayer.

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

The capacity of Route 2020 is 46 thousand riders per hour in both directions that means 23 thousand riders per hour per direction. The ridership of the Route is expected to hit 125 thousand riders per day by 2020, and the number is expected to shoot up to 275 thousand riders per day by 2030.

By Sheena Amos