The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has denied the expansion of the Dubai Metro beyond Jebel Ali is to be delayed and insisted the project is still on schedule. Specifically, Shahrin Abdol Salam, chief engineer of rail operations at the RTA, told a conference in Dubai that the authority hopes to begin work on the Route 2020 metro expansion project in the second half of 2016.
The RTA had said in a statement last May that it intended to announce the consortium winning the project construction work on January 28 2016, with construction starting shortly afterwards.
In a statement to Arabian Business, Muna Alosaimi, the RTA’s director of rail planning and projects development, said: “The progress of works for the expansion of the Dubai Metro line (Route 2020) are according to schedule”. “As we announced earlier this year, construction works which are the initial mobilisation works will commence as soon as the consortium is announced in first quarter of next year, followed by actual construction towards the second half of the year”, Alosaimi explained.
The Route 2020 expansion will begin from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Metro Station on the Dubai Metro’s Red Line and extend 15km with seven new stations. Five of them will be elevated and two underground, and they will serve residential areas such as Discovery Gardens, Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estate and the Dubai Investment Park.