x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

October finish for Metro's Red Line

All 29 Metro stations on the Red Line will open by October, a transport official has confirmed, as seven more stations came online.

Officials, who said the new stations had a trouble-free opening, expect 100,000 passengers to travel on the Metro every day.
Officials, who said the new stations had a trouble-free opening, expect 100,000 passengers to travel on the Metro every day.

DUBAI // All 29 Metro stations on the Red Line will open by October, a transport official has confirmed, as seven more stations came online yesterday. The Dh29billion (US$7.9bn) Metro system opened 10 stations last September and another in January. Following the seven stations that became operational yesterday, three more will open in two weeks.

"By the start of the fourth quarter this year we hope to have all the stations open," said Peyman Younes Parham, the director of the Roads and Transport Authority's (RTA) marketing and communications department. "We are not sure yet how we are going to do it, but I don't think we will open them all at once. We will open them in clusters, but they should all be open by the start of [the fourth quarter]."

The Emirates, Airport Terminal One, Al Karama, Emirates Towers, Dubai Internet City, Dubai Marina and Ibn Battuta stations opened yesterday. The GGICO, World Trade Centre and Al Quoz stations will open on May 15, which leaves the RTA with seven Red Line stations remaining to be finished. Trains became more frequent from yesterday. While trains would previously call every 10 minutes, they now stop every six. At any given time, eight more trains are on the tracks than before. Officials, who said the new stations had a trouble-free opening, expect 100,000 passengers to travel on the Metro every day.

Among yesterday's travellers was Annalie Groenning, 16, a student from Denmark living in Emirates Hills. "I think as more stations will be opening, the Metro will help to connect the city as people will be encouraged to go places which they previously avoided because of traffic," she said. eharnan@thenational.ae

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