How’s the Route 2020 going, you ask?
The project to extend the Dubai Metro’s Red Line to the World Expo site has seen Metro services suspended between JLT, Nakheel Harbour and Ibn Battuta Metro stations until 2019, so commuters are especially interested in how works are progressing.
Good news is the project has reached an important milestone – the 3.2 kilometre tunnel that will take the Metro to the Expo 2020 location is complete. Tunnelling works started in October 2017 at Discovery Gardens and reached the underground station at nearby Jumeirah Golf Estates in February 2018. Works then continued past Dubai Investment Park and up to the final point at the Green Community, explained Al Tayer, Director General of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
An “environment-friendly” giant boring machine called Al Wugeisha Expo 2020 dug the tunnel, which ranges from 12 to 36 metres deep.
Next stage of the project will see metro viaducts completed in November this year, and all railway works will be done by July 2019. The trial run of the metro will start in February 2020.
JLT, Nakheel Harbour and Ibn Battuta Metro stations will remain closed to trains while the work is going on and the multi-storey car park at Nakheel Harbour is also out of operation. The Metro continues to UAE Exchange (Jebel Ali) and in the northbound direction to Rashidiya, but the stretch affected won’t get moving again until mid 2019, by which time there will be a new station at Nakheel Harbour & Tower that links with the existing one.
How does this affect my journey to work?
Travellers can hop on to the free shuttle bus provided by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority that will take them between the closed stations in both directions. However, passengers should leave an extra 20 minutes for their journey.