Dubai Metro to get new trains from Novem­ber 2018

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Mat­tar Al Tayer, di­rec­tor gen­eral and chair­man of the board of ex­ec­u­tive direc­tors, Roads and Trans­port Au­thor­ity (RTA), has an­nounced that the first of the new Dubai Metro trains would ar­rive in Dubai in Novem­ber 2018, and de­liv­ery of trains con­tinue un­til the end of Oc­to­ber 2019. Al Tayer made this an­nounce­ment af­ter at­tend­ing the tech­ni­cal test run of the first train on a 500m test track at Al­stom Com­pany’s fac­tory in Poland. The new metro car­riages man­u­fac­tur­ing progress had reached 10 per­cent at the fa­cil­ity.

The train rolled over the test track at vary­ing speeds, and mul­ti­ple tests were car­ried out on the safety sys­tems, elec­tric propul­sion, brak­ing sys­tem, emer­gency stops and the train doors op­er­at­ing sys­tems.

Al Tayer in­spected the in­te­ri­ors of the new rail car­riages, which are be­ing man­u­fac­tured un­der a con­tract for the sup­ply of 50 trains, 15 of which will be de­ployed to serve Expo 2020 and 35 will be used to en­hance the Dubai Metro ser­vice.

Al Tayer checked the ad­di­tions and im­prove­ments in­tro­duced to the in­te­rior de­sign of the metro car­riages such as ded­i­cat­ing the last car­riage for women and chil­dren and leav­ing part of the first car­riage for the gold class. Seats will be trans­ver­sal in the gold class, and lon­gi­tu­di­nal in the sil­ver class as well as women & chil­dren’s car­riage.

“The im­proved de­sign will in­crease the in­take of trains by 8 per­cent from 643 rid­ers to 696 rid­ers. The ex­te­rior de­sign of trains will re­main un­changed to main­tain the de­sign iden­tity of Dubai Metro and its fa­mil­iar colours to the pub­lic,” said Al Tayer.

Ad­di­tions in­clude re­vamp­ing the de­signs, with­out af­fect­ing the iden­tity of han­dles, light­ing, and lo­ca­tions of dig­i­tal sig­nage. They also in­clude an il­lu­mi­nated dy­namic map for the metro route and sta­tions, us­ing LED power-sav­ing light­ing sys­tem, and mod­i­fy­ing the de­sign of the lug­gage com­part­ment to make it us­able by stand­ing com­muters. Im­prove­ments also cover the shape and num­ber of han­dles, the use of mod­ern dig­i­tal dis­play sys­tems, dis­tribut­ing seats at the two sides of the the train and in­creas­ing the gang­way con­nect­ing be­tween car­riages. The new car­riages are cus­tomised to be used by peo­ple of de­ter­mi­na­tion and the smooth board­ing and alight­ing of rid­ers.

Al Tayer de­scribed the tech­ni­cal test run of trains as a mile­stone in the con­struc­tion of Route

2020 Project, which in­volves the ex­ten­sion of the Dubai Metro Red Line 15 km from Nakheel Har­bour & Tower Sta­tion to the Expo site.

Mat­tar Al Tayer in­spect­ing the new trains at the Al­stom fac­tory

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