Alstom-led Expolink Consortium has secured a AED10.6bn ($2.8bn) contract from Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) for the 15km extension of the Red Line of the Dubai Metro.
The consortium also comprises Spanish firm Acciona and Turkish construction company Gulermak.
Work will include line extensions from Nakheel Harbour and Tower to the Expo 2020’s location. The Route 2020 project covers an 11.8km route above ground level, 3.2km below ground level, and seven stations, which include three elevated stations and two underground stations.
Construction will begin later this year with plans to begin operations in 2020, five months ahead of the opening of the Expo 2020. The trial run on the line will be conducted in 2019.
The contract requires Alstom to supply 50 trains, with 15 for the Expo line and 35 for the development of the service at the Dubai Metro.
French firm Thales will provide technological systems, while Acciona and Gulermack will carry out civil work on the project.
Anticipated capacity of Route 2020 is 46,000 passengers per hour in both directions, with ridership on ?the project expected to reach 125,000 per day. This number is expected to increase by to 275,000 per day by 2030.
Studies conducted by the RTA revealed that 35,000 riders will use the Expo station per day during weekdays and 47,000 on weekends.
Image: Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority awarded a contract to Expolink Consortium for Route 2020. Photo: courtesy of RTA.