HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, has inspected work progress of the Route 2020 Project involving the extension of the Dubai Metro Red Line 15 km from Nakheel Harbour & Tower Station to the site of Expo 2020.
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. The visit also included construction sites of several metro stations. 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. 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. 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, 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.