Dubai RTA Evaluates Expo 2020 Metro Line Updated Offers

Dubai RTA Evaluates Expo 2020 Metro Line Updated Offers :Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has received updated final offers for the contract to design and build the new Red Line extension that will connect to the Expo 2020 area.
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The consortium comprising Japan’s Obayashi, Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries submitted the lowest offer, with a price that is about 5% lower than the offer submitted by the consortium that includes Spain’s Acciona, Turkey’s Gulermak and France’s Alstom.

The Acciona, Gulermak and Alstom team had submitted the lowest price when previous offers were submitted in May 2016, before RTA added to the scope of works. RTA is now examining both bids carefully in order to determine whether the scope of works priced in the latest offers is the same.

The “Route 2020” extension will branch out from Nakheel Harbour and Tower station and end at the Expo 2020 site near Al Maktoum International Airport. 10.5 km will be elevated, while 4 km will be underground. The journey from Dubai Marina to the Expo will take 16 minutes.

The project aims at serving also several densely populated districts including the Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estate and the Dubai Investment Park.
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Five stations will be elevated and two will be underground. The design of the elevated stations will be based on the design of existing metro stations but with additional elements inspired by aircraft wings. The Expo 2020 station will have its own, unique design including huge, futuristic ‘wings’. The Nakheel Harbor and Tower station will be modified and redeveloped to accommodate the Route 2020 along with the existing Red Line.
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In April 2015, immediately after Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum had endorsed the project, Mattar Al Tayer, RTA Board Chairman and Executive Director said: “The construction of “Route 2020” project conforms to the strategic vision of the Dubai Government for achieving sustainable development and developing a world-class infrastructure and services.”

The Green Enterprise Command and Control Center was approved by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on 11 June 2016. The building will be used for the management of public transport required for the Expo and will have office spaces, an auditorium, a press center and four utility buildings.
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Work on “Route 2020” is expected to begin immediately after the tender is awarded, in order to be completed by 2018.

Design work for the 20.6 km Green Line extension from Al Jaddaf station to Dubai Academic City will begin early in 2017.

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Writer: John Carlo Ottaviani

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