Dubai train network to expand for World Expo 2020

Dubai train network to expand for World Expo 2020

The Dubai Metro is to see expansion on both the Red and Green lines ahead of Dubai hosting the World Expo in 2020, with 21 new stations planned.

Summary:

  • 21 new stations to be added to Dubai Metro
  • All work to be completed by World Expo launch
  • World’s largest driverless rail network to be 110km long by time of event

The Dubai Metro is to expand with additional lines and 21 new stations to be built ahead of World Expo 2020.

The Green Line is to be doubled in length while the Red Line will be extended from both ends, including a branch line from Jebel Ali to the Expo 2020 site.

Furthermore, 21 new stations will be built across the entire network as the region prepares for an influx of an estimated 25 million people for the event.

Abdullah Yousuf Al Ali, acting chief executive of the Roads and Transport Authority’s Rail Agency explained some of the proposals.

He said that the Green Line will extend by 20.6km, of which 12km will be elevated and the remainder underground, while 11 new stations will support the new section.

The number of stations will increase to 70 by 2020, a significant increase from the current 47.

Mr Ali Ali said: “The designs and details of the expansion project are currently being worked out and work on the project will begin soon. All the extensions will be ready in time for Expo 2020.”

The Dubai Metro will be 110km in length by 2020, with the new routes all closely linked to Dubai investment projects and developments.

The system transports around 500,000 passengers a day on both lines, using around half of its running capacity, with trains every three minutes at peak times.

It is the equivalent to 13,000 passengers per hour a day and the system could run trains every 90 seconds if required.

Around 330 million passengers have commuted using the world’s largest driverless rail network, although that figure is expected to increase dramatically ahead of the World Expo 2020.

The latest news for the Metro follows on from the tram network in Dubai recently entering the testing phase.

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