Dubai’s 15km Route 2020 metro expansion inaugurated

The 15km Route 2020 metro line has officially been inaugurated by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The $2.9bn new line project, which commenced in July 2016 and carried out by the Alstom-led ExpoLink consortium, also composed of ACCIONA and Gülermak, consists of a 15km-long line, of which 11.8km is above ground and 3.2km underground, and an interchange on the Red Line.

The extension of the metro has seven stations including Jabel Ali Station and the flagship metro station at the Expo exhibition site.

Alstom, which was also delivered Dubai’s tramway previously, was responsible for or the integration of the entire metro system including 50 Metropolis trainsets produced in Alstom’s site in Katowice, Poland.

Commenting on the inauguration, Alstom senior vice president of Africa, Middle East and Central Asia, Müslüm Yakisan, said: “We are extremely proud to have delivered the world’s fastest built turnkey metro project.

“The Route 2020 project shows Dubai’s commitment to offer its residents and visitors a state-of-the-art rail network system, and we remain committed to providing the RTA with the utmost support in their journey towards greener and smarter mobility.”

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