Shaikh Hamdan regulates tramway project

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By Staff  www.khaleejtimes.com

Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, has issued Resolution No (1) of 2014 regulating the tramway system in Dubai as per the best international practices in operation, quality and safety in order to provide citizens with a safe and convenient means of transportation.

The Dubai Tramway Project under construction. The first tram was delivered by French company, Alstom. — Rahul Gajjar
The Dubai Tramway Project under construction. The first tram was delivered by French company, Alstom. — Rahul Gajjar

The tramway system will help alleviate traffic congestion, promote the use of public transport and play a role in supporting economic development in the emirate. In this context, the Resolution outlined the roles and responsibilities of a number of Dubai Government departments that are affiliated with the tramway system project such as the Rail Agency at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the RTA Traffic & Roads Agency, RTA Licensing Agency, RTA Traffic Safety and the Dubai Police.

The RTA Rail Agency will have the responsibility of putting forward necessary policies of planning, developing and overseeing the tramway system project in Dubai. Also, the Rail Agency is mandated with setting standardisation, technical requirements and performance measures for the tramway infrastructure, including the issuance of permits to guarantee a convenient tramway service in Dubai.

As per the Resolution, the Rail Agency will also be responsible for certifying qualified contractors, consultants and tramway service operators affiliated with the project.

The Traffic & Roads Agency is mandated with certifying route designs, tramway operation tracks, traffic control systems and ensuring a streamlined flow of traffic in areas that intersect with roads. The implementation of the tramway system designs will take into consideration the safety of pedestrians, vehicle drivers and tramway users. More info