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RTA announces completion of 60% of Dubai Metro's Red Line

posted on 05/04/2008: 563 views



The Rail Agency of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) are working hard to make 9, September, 2009 the 'golden date' when the Red Line commences operations.

The Line which is mostly elevated will snake its way from the Rashidyah through central Dubai and along the Sheikh Zayed highway - passing numerous landmarks - until it reaches Jebel Ali on the outskirts of the city. With 60% of the work almost completed on the line, it has achieved phenomenal milestones which include the completion of the tunnelling work before schedule, and the construction of the Main Power Station in Jebel Ali.

A drive along Sheikh Zayed road will definitely give any commuter a picture of the long stretch of viaducts being built with almost 60% of the total viaduct stretch on the line completed. Complementing the viaducts are the stations which have been slowly taking shape.

Adnan Al Hammadi, Director of Construction, Rail Projects, says, "Substructures, Piers, Concourse and Mezzanine for stations like Jebel Ali Industrial, Dubal, Ibn Batuta, Al Barsha and Burj Al Arab are completed. Piling works for the stations and viaducts at Rashidyah, Emirates and Garhoud are completed while the steel structure for the station with cladding is completed at terminal 3.

Around 55% of the work at Jebel Ali Depot is completed. The depot will consist of an Operation Control Center, Main Power Station, and a yard equipped to store 44 trains and conduct regular service and maintenance of the trains. " With the civil and construction works making substantial progress on the Red Line, the Rail Agency of the RTA is gearing up for the commencement of test track operations in August 2008 with the first train demonstration on the Red Line targeted for May 2008.

The test track is being laid between Ibn Battuta to Jebel Ali Depot and comprises around 10 kms of track. The test track operation represents a key milestone in the construction phase of the project. The test regimes will include energy consumption, electromagnetic interference, acceleration and breaking, wheel slip and slide, endurance testing, etc that are vital aspects of the Metro System.

Currently, various tests and checks are being conducted to ensure quality products and systems are implemented. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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