Last traffic diversion announced for Dubai tram construction

Dubai’s transport authority has said it has started executing the last traffic diversion as part of preparations for the Dubai Tram project, which is scheduled to start operating in November.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said it is currently working on the final diversion on Jumeirah Beach Residence Street, Dubai Marina.

The 1km-long diversion will last for at least one month, the RTA said in a statement.

Maitha bin Udai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency, said two lanes on both sides of the street will be closed during the works and urged motorists to comply with road rules and following directional signs “to avoid traffic snarls”.

He added that the RTA is keen to reduce the duration of project works in order to minimise traffic jams.

“Work will be running daylong in the presence of a team of contractors and consultants ready for any emergency until the completion of the entire tram works,” he said.

Dubai’s new tram will officially launch on November 11, it was announced last week.

It will be the first tramway project outside Europe to be powered by a ground-based electric supply system along the track without the need for overhead cables.

The initial phase of the project consists of a 10.6km-long track starting from the Dubai Marina and stretching up to the Tram Depot near Dubai Police Academy.

The tram network will feature 17 passenger stations and a fleet of 11 trams in the initial phase. Fourteen trams will be added in Phase 2 to make a total of 25 operating trams.

The tram is expected to transport about 27,000 passengers per day at the start of operations, and the number of passengers is expected to increase to 66,000 per day by 2020.

Each tram has seven coaches, including a gold suite and one cabin dedicated to women and children. It will be operated by Serco, the same company that manages the Dubai Metro.