Dubai: Nearly 85 per cent of work on the new Al Khawaneej bus depot has been completed, according to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of the RTA, also announced that the facility is expected to become operational during the first half of this year.

Al Tayer expressed his happiness with the running of Al Rawiyya bus depot, which was commissioned by the RTA in August 2009.

Al Tayer made the announcement during a site tour that took him to the two depots accompanied by Eisa Abdul Rahman Al Dosari, the CEO of the Public Transport Agency; Abdullah Al Madani, CEO of Corporate Technical Support Services Sector, and several RTA directors.

Inspection visit

The tour included an inspection of the bus depot at Al Rawiyya which boasts a bus parking yard that can accommodate 295 buses (144 standard buses and 151 articulated buses) in addition to an electromechanical maintenance workshop with a capacity to accommodate 20 buses at a time, a supply line for 12 buses, a washing unit for 20 buses at a time, and an administrative office for about 40 employees.

Al Tayer expressed satisfaction with the operational results of the station.