Mattar Al Tayer and Maj Gen Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri being briefed about traffic management plans for major events in Dubai, during a meeting recently. Image Credit: RTA

Dubai: Police and roads officials are exploring new ways of boosting mutual cooperation to streamline heavy people and traffic movement during large signature events such as upcoming Dubai Expo 2020.

Dubai Police and Roads and Transport Authority met to create a common approach to reduce crippling traffic congestion.

The RTA, for example, will deploy 724 buses and 2,900 taxicabs or more to serve Expo 2020, besides constructing 14 bus stations in different places.

Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) met with Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police.

“These issues are highlighted by the improved traffic safety, smooth flow of traffic and enhanced safety of public transit means across Dubai in the interest of citizens and residents of the Emirate. These meetings are part of channels used by the two parties to develop common viewpoints and act in team spirit,” said Al Tayer in a statement on Tuesday.

Al Merri praised the existing coordination between the two entities. “The RTA and Dubai Police share a wide range of roles and responsibilities that serve the strategic objectives & goals of the Dubai Government. Their cooperation sets a role model for others to emulate in serving the common business without interfering in the specialist jobs of each party. This sort of coordination is bound to improve the services provided by the two departments to citizens and residents of the emirate.”

Both discussed new road and transport system projects designed to cater to Expo 2020 such as a new command and control centre that will monitor and control transit means and crowds during Expo 2020.

Road works serving Expo comprise two main parts: upgrading the intersections of the Airport Street to accommodate the traffic movement around Dubai International Airport, which will be completed in February 2018 as well as road projects around Expo will be completed in phases ending in February 2020.

“Route 2020” project for the extension of the Dubai Metro is progressing according to the set plan where completion rate has now reached 15 per cent and is set for operation in May 2020.

The RTA and the General HQ of Dubai Police have recently endorsed the outlines of a five-year Executive Plan of Traffic Safety Strategy.

It comprises four key drivers namely: traffic monitoring & enforcement, engineering of roads and vehicles, traffic awareness, and improved systems and management. The two sides also approved the Strategic Performance Indicators and the targets of the Dubai Traffic Safety Strategy 2017-2021.