Month-long 1km JBR traffic diversion begins today
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The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has confirmed that the final stage of work on the Dubai Tram will be complete by the end of next month and tram operations will launch in November.
In completing the final stage of the work, the RTA is putting one last traffic diversion in place on Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) Street, Dubai Marina, reports Gulf News.
The one-kilometre-long diversion, which will be in place for at least one month, is part of the ongoing works of the Dubai
Detailing the implementation of works, Maitha Bin Udai, CEO of the Traffic and Roads Agency, said: “The diversion works will require closure of the two lanes on both sides of the street, thus shifting traffic temporarily to the service road.
“Work will be running throughout the day in the presence of a team of contractors and consultants ready for any emergency until the completion of the entire tram works. The traffic diversion currently under way will include three intersections at JBR Street.”
The 10.6 kilometre phase one of Dubai Tram will complement Dubai Metro as a new mode of public transport in the city. The trams will serve Al Sufouh, Knowledge Village, Media City, Dubai Marina and JBR.
Initially, 27,000 passengers are expected to use the tram per day in the first phase, with ridership expected to exceed 66,000 passengers per day by 2020.
The world’s first tram network with platform screen doors will operate initially with 11 stations and 11 trams. Six more stations are due in the next stage when 14 trams in total will operate.
Dubai Tram is linked with Dubai Metro at Dubai Marina Station and Jumeirah Lakes Towers Station via footpaths.The tram will link with the Jumeirah Palm monorail at the entrance of the Palm on Al Sufouh Street with an air-conditioned footbridge.