Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai on Wednesday announced the closure of the Metro Red Line between Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) and Ibn Battuta Stations.
A shuttle service will start from Friday, January 5, 2018 and will continue up to the middle of 2019.
#RTA provides free alternative bus service between Jumeirah Lakes Towers and Ibn battuta metro stations starting next Friday, Jan 5th. For more details, visit: https://t.co/OuTQlDLinJ pic.twitter.com/tWplCNJiE6— RTA (@RTA_Dubai) January 3, 2018
“The alternative arrangement is made to give way for construction works of Route 2020, which requires constructing a new station and linking it with the existing one,” said the RTA.
The procedure requires the full closure of Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station, as well as the attached multi-level Park-N-Ride Terminal.
Mohammad Abu Baker Al Hashmi, director of planning and business development at the RTA’s Public Transport Agency, said: “[The] RTA would operate an alternative free circular bus service due to the full closure of the rail track of the Red Line between JLT and Ibn Battuta Stations."
“This service is intended to meet the needs of public transport riders in general and metro riders commuting between the said two stations in particular. The RTA is always keen to fulfil the needs of public transport users in Dubai, and offer integrated excellent services to customers with the aim of making them happier,” he said.
Mohammad Al Mudharreb, director of rail operations at the RTA’s Rail Agency, said the planned construction works warrant the full closure of Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station.
“Metro riders heading to the UAE Exchange Station are required to drop off at the JLT Station, board free alternative buses deployed to take them to Ibn Battuta Station, and then continue their metro journey to the UAE Exchange Station,” he said.
Metro riders travelling in the direction of Rashidiya Station are required to hop off at Ibn Battuta Station, take alternative buses for free to lift them to JLT Station and from there resume their metro journey in the direction of Rashidiya Metro Station.