The Roads and Transport Authority has held talks with the Alstom-Besix consortium in order to step up the construction of the Al Sufouh tram project.
Al Tayer, the RTA’s Chairman and Executive Director said in a statement on Saturday:
“Works are currently focused on building the tram’s infrastructure along a corridor stretching from Dubai Marina to Jumeirah city where water and electricity lines in the area have been identified.
“Work is underway to bypass the utility lines and lay the foundations underpinning the tram rails through which the tram receives power feed.
“The 14.5km tram network comprises 19 passenger stations 9 of which are covered under Phase I and spread across activity and population density areas along the tram route. Each train measures 44 meters in length and has a capacity to accommodate about 300 passengers.
“The fleet consists of 8 trams in Phase I and 17 more will be added in Phase II such that a total of 25 trains will be in place capable of commuting about 5000 passengers per hour per direction.”
Construction works have now passed the 30% completion mark, the RTA added. The first stage of which is set for completion in 2014.