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Consortium to design and build Dubai’s Route 2020 Red metro line extension

10 October 2016  •  Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

The RTA (Roads & Transport Authority) of Dubai has awarded the Route 2020 design and build contract to to Expolink, an Alstom-led consortium consisting of ACCIONA and Gulermak.

Consortium to design and build Dubai’s Route 2020

The RTA contract includes the design and build of the Red metro line extension and a system upgrade of the existing line. The €2.6 billion project known as Route 2020, will connect the city to the Expo 2020 site. The metro extension is expected to begin commercial service in 2020 for the World Expo.

€2.6 billion Route 2020 project

The project involves the construction of a 15-kilometre line branching off the existing red line at the Nakheel Harbour & Tower station. The metro extension will have seven stations, including an interchange at Nakheel Harbour and an iconic metro station at the World Expo site. The highly-complex project will include a 3.2 km tunnel perforated by a tunnel boring machine, 1.2 km of open-cut route and 11.8 km of elevated viaduct metro line.

Alstom will provide and integrate the whole metro system including 50 Metropolis trainsets, power supply, communication, automatic fare control, track works and platform screen doors. Additionally, the company will upgrade the metro line power supply, signalling systems, miscellaneous communication and track works.

The Metropolis trainsets for Dubai are 88 metres long and are composed of five cars per trainset. They will be able to carry up to 700 passengers each. The train offers wide gangways, large doors and windows and three specific areas for Silver, Family and Gold Classes. The train is also equipped with a full electrical braking system, LED lighting and other innovations to reduce energy consumption.

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