x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

Tram and train system on track for Al Ain

Programme would link with nation's planned rail network towards Plan 2030 and coerce residents out of their cars.

AL AIN // As the city's population climbs towards one million in the next 20 years, planners in Al Ain are looking at long-range options to coax residents of the oasis city out of their cars and on to a tram and train system that would link up with the country's planned rail network. The Department of Transport announced yesterday that it would embark on the Al Ain Surface Transport Master Plan, within the framework of the Plan Al Ain 2030, and expects to complete it by the first half of next year.

Abdullah al Otaiba, the department chairman, promised the plan would meet "current and future needs while upholding the unique heritage and environmental character of the Al Ain region". It will also focus on improving the flow of individuals and goods to and from Oman, which borders the city. The department is planning a series of public meetings to seek suggestions for the plan. Al Ain Municipality and the Urban Planning Council will follow the progress of the project. @Email:ealghalib@thenational.ae