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Dubai residents get the boot into pedestrian footbridges

Poorly maintained pedestrian footbridges across the city irk residents, especially as temperatures rise

  • By Rayeesa Absal, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 May 29, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Asghar Khan/Gulf News
  • Pedestrians climb the steps of a non-functional escalator on a overhead bridge on Abu Bakr Al Seddiqi Street in Deira, Dubai.
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Dubai Poorly maintained pedestrian footbridges across the city irk residents, especially as temperatures rise.

Lack of elevators and non-functional escalators are some of the complaints raised by residents. There are different types of pedestrian crossings. Some are enclosed and have air conditioning, while others just have stairs or ramps. There are footbridges with and without escalators as well as elevators.

Many elders, pregnant women and children are suffering as the elevators and escalators at many pedestrian bridges are not working

Diwansha Rajarahim, a resident in Al Ghusais area

"Many elders, pregnant women and children are suffering as the elevators and escalators at many pedestrian bridges are not working," Diwansha Rajarahim, a resident in Al Ghusais area said.

Fall on the stairs

His wife fell off the stairs, as she was returning home with groceries along the pedestrian bridge on Damascus Street and hurt her forehead on Saturday, he said. She was taken to Rashid Hospital for treatment, after the police were called in.

"We are using this bridge for more than two years but the elevator hardly ever works."

Since the police regularly issue a fine of Dh200 for jaywalking, authorities should consider making it easier for pedestrians to use the footbridges, he urged. Rajarahim added that elevators at two other footbridges on the same street are not working either.

Benjie Thomas, also a resident of Al Ghusais, said that he has faced the same issue several times.

Summer worries

"It is very difficult to climb the stairs, particularly in summer. It would actually have been easier if there were speed-breakers on the street to allow pedestrians to cross," he said.

The pedestrian footbridge on Abu Bakr Al Seddiqi Road in Deira near Cargo Village, another in Khalid Bin Al Waleed Street in Bur Dubai etc are some of the footbridges pedestrians complained about.

"I encounter non-functioning escalators all the time," said Gracie, who added that she walks a lot as she does not own a car.

Needs to be more convenient

"If people have to be encouraged to use public transport more often, it needs to be made more convenient to use," she added.

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) official said that they are in the process of repairing non-functioning elevators and escalators. Out of ten pedestrian footbridges with elevators, eight are working in very good condition and the remaining two are under comprehensive maintenance, the RTA official said.

"The spare parts have been ordered for the two service elevators that are located in Abu Hail Street and they are going to be ready by the end of this week," he said.

"The elevators of the footbridges on Damascus Street are under the jurisdiction of the main contractor of the roads department and they will be looking into it," he added.

Phone to report complaints

He urged the public to contact 8009090 to report such complaints, promising swift action.

Last month, RTA had announced construction of 13 new pedestrian bridges. This will bring the total number of pedestrian bridges from the existing 74 to 87, Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, had said.

The number of footbridges includes 23 on the Red Line and 11 on the Green Line.

Comments (10)

  1. Added 19:14 May 29, 2012

    All the bridges constructed on Damascus Street don't have working elevators - this causes a lot of problem for the elderly, pregnant women and parents with prams. It is long that we are asking for a pedestrian bridge to be constructed on Baghdad Street near the Pakistani school - a lot of students in live in Al Nahda and its very difficult to go to the signal junction to cross. This is a major cause of traffice jam every morning as parents opt to drive the children in the absence of the bridge

    Rashida, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 18:38 May 29, 2012

    They better fix it quick, all right......

    Anonymous, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:12 May 29, 2012

    The authorities are trying their best in setting up maximum number of footbridges for the jaywalkers and pedestrians. But what we need to find out is how much of use does it have and how many people are making of use of it? An overbridge is required in Karama Near the Karama Al Attar shopping Center as many jaywalkers can be seen crossing the roads when cars are speeding. When the signal turns green they cross the roads. Places like Karama and Bur Dubai should not be ignored.

    Mathew Litty, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:08 May 29, 2012

    The foot bridge near cargo village- it never worked. Always we climb the steps up and down. I could see old people climbing with great difficulties, especially in the summer. Many times i have written to RTA in the past. But in vain...it never operated. At times i have felt to cross the road, but thinking of my safety i climb up and down again. Thank God, the A/C is working over the past 1 year, before it was not working.

    Bindu Nair, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:48 May 29, 2012

    It is indeed sad to see pedestrian bridges having Elevators but not operational. Elderly cannot climb steps, they require help and elevators not in working condition make situations worse for everyone.

    Glen, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 12:09 May 29, 2012

    We are living in Muhaisnah 2nd sonapur, the problem in that area is that only Bus 13 & 17 are passing which result to inconvenience to the commuters as most of the time the bus is half full ( since other half is for families and women) passenger are overcrowded like sardines. Labourers are mostly living in that area availing company accommodation. unluckily transport convenience is absent. RTA should at least consider extending bus route for 33, 13A and 32 as these will surely be well appreciated by many.

    Anonymous, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 11:47 May 29, 2012

    Not limited to footbridges, but Dubai metro has many inconveniences in its infrastructure. I see many times broken glass, non-working escalators. This should be taken care of.

    cemil aykac, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 11:45 May 29, 2012

    The footbridge near Abu Bakr Al Seddiqi Street in Deira hasn't been functional for a good 2 years now. The escalators keep collecting dust and garbage people throw and the lift is the slowest thing ever. Its a real headache to use that to cross the road because by the time you reach the top of the footbridge you are sweating

    Mohammad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 10:20 May 29, 2012

    I have written a complaint number of times on the RTA site and Gulf news also regarding Bus Shelters in a number of places in Dubai. This is one of the major concern for people travelling by buses as they get scrched by teh sun in teh early part of teh day itself. Restoring foot bridges and pedestrain crossing at a number of places is also needed. These problems have been there now for teh past 5 years and as per what i understand that either the authorities are too busy Beautifying roundbouts and interchanges that they have no time for teh common man.

    Mariam, Dubai, India

  10. Added 09:42 May 29, 2012

    The IBN Battuta metro station has a walk bridge to the other side which is not open to public. This is causing inconvenience to many peopel who dont know this and are getting off their taxi's trying to get to the other side. Or there are those who get off at IBN battuta station trying to cross over to the other side to go to Abu Dhabi. This walk bridge should be opened.

    Priya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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