Dubai to provide 52 kilometer long rail links to airports

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    MEED reported that a proposal by Dubai Airports to develop a central rail terminal in the city with connections to its two international airports through the main tourist and business areas is now under consideration.

    The airports operator has been pushing for the development as an alternative to the Purple line of the Dubai Metro, which would directly connect the two airports but which Dubai Airports claims does not serve the city’s needs.

    The proposal is being considered as part of a comprehensive study into Dubai’s rail requirements which is being conducted by the US group Parsons Brinckerhoff.

    Mr Nasser Abu Shehab director of strategic planning at Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority said that “We are looking at the proposal and will decide when the study is complete.’

    The route of the Purple line has led to a dispute between Dubai Airports and the RTA.

    (Sourced from MEED), www.steelguru.com