The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that it would re-open the left and U-turns at the intersections of Al Marsa-Al Sayora Streets, Al Marsa-Al Sufouh Streets, and Al Marsa-Al Shurta Streets at the Dubai Marina along the track of the Dubai Tram.
The step has been taken upon the completion of a strategic plan aimed at achieving zero accident in this vital area, especially after the operation of the Tram. The step is taken after ensuring that road users had been accustomed to the existence & movement of the tram, and the success of the opening of left & U-turns at the intersection of Al Sayora-Al Sufouh Streets at the JBR on March 2nd this year 2016.
Engineer Maitha bin Adai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic & Roads Agency, said: “We have set up a committee of RTA specialists where an international consultant had been appointed to draw up a comprehensive plan to realize the Tram/Roads Safety Strategy. The plan encompasses organizational procedures encapsulated in 15 strategic recommendations integrated in a 5-Year Plan covering programs, procedures and initiatives to be undertaken in collaboration with strategic partners with the aim of achieving zero accidents level in the operation of the Dubai Tram by 2020.
Under the plan several preventive measures have been set to eliminate potential accidents between the Tram and vehicles due to turns at the intersection of Al Marsa Street with Al Sayora, Al Sufouh and Al Shurta Streets at the Dubai Marina, and along the track of the Tram extending 10.6 km.
“The team overseeing the plan for the safety of road users and Tram movement has developed the Tram/Roads Strategy comprising numerous Quick Wins including the signing-off of more than 100 issues related to the safety of the tram and traffic movement as part of an Action Plan. Such a plan comprises several aspects relating to engineering matters, traffic movement, operation of light signals, awareness campaigns, training, traffic enforcement measures, and coordination of technical & administrative procedures with strategic partners,” said Metha.
“We have introduced a feature in the traffic light signaling system whereby all light signals will turn red once the tram approaches the junction. Surveillance cameras are being installed to monitor all vehicles jumping the red signals in coordination with the General Department of Traffic at the Dubai Police. Awareness campaigns are being undertaken in this regard and a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the RTA and the Dubai Police to ensure the safe use of these turns.
The Dubai Tram boasts of sophisticated technologies to alert the tram driver in case of over-speeding, and the tram speed will automatically be reduced in case of no response from the driver. The tram operator has a code of conduct which will be enforced in case a tram driver commits multiple offences posing risk to road users.
“Among the key factors underlying the closure of these turns is to offer a chance for motorists to acquaint themselves with the movement of the tram in this area, and maintain the safety of tram riders as well as all road users. The re-opening of these turns will be subjected to monitoring for three months, and additional measures will be taken accordingly, if needed. All road users are required to abide by traffic and driving rules, and pay attention to light signals to avoid serious accidents,” said Maitha.
“The opening of these turns follows the successful completion of the first stage relating to the opening of left & U-turns at the intersection of Al Sayora-Al Sufouh Streets at the JBR last March. Early September 2016 the U-turns at the intersection of Al Sufouh-Al Gharbi Streets will be opened.
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