Metro pedestrian crossings closure irks commuters

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By Ashfaq Ahmed, Chief Reporter  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: Pedestrians are furious as they have been barred from crossing busy roads using the Metro pedestrian crossings after the stations close at night.

The RTA has barred the public from using pedestrian crossings at Metro stations when the trains stop running due to 'operational reasons'. Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan, Gulf News
The RTA has barred the public from using pedestrian crossings at Metro stations when the trains stop running due to 'operational reasons'. Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan, Gulf News

“I was barred from crossing the road, using the pedestrian bridge attached to the Financial Centre Metro Station on Shaikh Zayed Road. [The] guard on the gates told me that station [was] closed,” said Narmeen Shamaa, who works at a hotel. She said that she had to take a taxi to go on the other side of the road.

Narmeen said the security guard at the station said that they had orders to close down the station and to bar the public’s access to pedestrian bridges.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) had announced before the launch of the Metro that pedestrian bridges at the stations would remain open for the public round the clock, even when the Metro operation closes at night. However, the decision to keep the stations closed did not filter down to the public.

“Currently, due to some operational reasons, we are not allowing people to enter the stations to use the pedestrian bridges at night when the trains stop running,” Peyman Younes Parham, RTA director of marketing and corporate communications, said.