Alstom consortium wins Dubai tramway contract
Paris, April 29, 2008
French power plant and high speed train maker Alstom said on Tuesday that a consortium it is part of had won a contract to build a new tramway in Dubai.
The first phase of the Al Safooh tramway project represents a contract worth over 500 million euros ($783.1 million), of which around 280 million euros is for Alstom, a Reuters report quoting the French group said.
Alstom won the contract as part of the ABS consortium, which also includes the companies Besix and Serco.
Construction on the Al Sufouh tram network will start soon to provide alternative mode of transportation in the fast growing areas and to ease traffic congestion.
The 15-km tram lines will run on Al Sufouh Road connecting Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) and Jumeirah Lake Towers.
The tram project would be completed within 21 months and would be operational in September 2009 along with the completion of the Red Line of the Dubai Metro, which runs along Shaikh Zayed Road.
The tram will be connected to the Red Line at three points including Burj Al Arab Station, Dubai Marina Station and Ibn Battuta Mall Station to facilitate commuters reach metro stations.
It will serve areas such as Internet city, Dubai Marina, Media City, Knowledge Village, JBR and a dozens of luxury hotels in the area, which have already started facing traffic congestion.
More than half a million people in the area are expected to benefit from the tram project, which is part of the Dubai Road Transportation Authority’s (RTA's) plan to provide integrated mass transit facilities connecting trams, buses, metro and water transport projects.