Burj al Sahwa to be trans­formed into world-class trans­port hub

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The area around Burj al Sahwa will be trans­formed into a ma­jor pub­lic trans­port hub in the cap­i­tal. Spread over, 42,000sq m, the hub will of­fer state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties, rang­ing from AC bus sta­tions, restau­rants, tourist fa­cil­i­ties, car rentals, money ex­changes and in­for­ma­tion cen­tres among oth­ers.

To be built in part­ner­ship with the pri­vate sec­tor, the hub will con­nect pas­sen­gers com­ing through var­i­ous in­ter-city routes as well as buses con­nect­ing Mus­cat In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Asyad Group has in­vited in­vestors to sub­mit pro­pos­als for the de­vel­op­ment of a trans­port hub to be built un­der design, build, fi­nance and op­er­ate pro­gramme.

The last date to col­lect the ten­der doc­u­ment is Oc­to­ber 31 and the last date to sub­mit the pro­posal is Jan­uary 30, 2020. Work is ex­pected to be­gin in the mid­dle of 2020.

Ac­cord­ing to Asyad, the fa­cil­i­ties to be of­fered at the in­te­grated trans­port hub will in­clude parking for buses, fa­cil­i­ties for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, ticket book­ing of­fices, re­new­able en­ergy for op­er­a­tions, shops and bev­er­age vend­ing ma­chines.

Apart from buses, the hub will also have sta­tions for taxi ser­vices, which will help con­trib­ute to re­duc­ing traf­fic jams.

The in­te­grated project will be im­por­tant for the pub­lic trans­port sys­tem in the sul­tanate. It will be a vi­tal cen­tre and a ma­jor hub in con­nect­ing var­i­ous pub­lic trans­port lines be­tween Mus­cat gover­norate and other gov­er­norates, and a meet­ing point for trav­ellers ar­riv­ing and de­part­ing to and from the gover­norate as well as con­nect­ing it to Mus­cat In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

The pub­lic trans­port sta­tion will in­clude des­ig­nated ar­eas for peo­ple to park their ve­hi­cles on a long-term ba­sis so that they can use pub­lic trans­port for their on­ward jour­neys.

The in­fra­struc­ture of the ter­mi­nal will be tai­lored to have in­tel­li­gent trans­porta­tion sys­tems such as dig­i­tal dis­plays for in­for­ma­tion for the ar­rival and de­par­ture times of buses, pub­lic tran­sit lines and ticket prices.

The pub­lic trans­port sta­tion will be de­signed to world-class stan­dards to en­sure the safety and se­cu­rity of the sta­tion’s users with fa­cil­i­ties like fire ex­tin­guish­ing sys­tems, sur­veil­lance and alarm sys­tems.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the plan to de­velop the Burj al Sahwa area

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