Work on the upcoming metro route, Expo 2020, has been 7% completed, Duabi RTA annoucned in a statement on Dubai Media Office.
More than 200 steel piles have been inserted at depths ranging from 25 m to 30m at the Expo and Al Furjan sites, and over 20 pillars of 7m in height have been casted, the report said.
H E Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), inspected the work, which involves the extension of the Dubai Metro Red Line by 15 km, from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station to the site of Expo 2020.
It will have seven stations, including an interchange station, one station at Expo site, three elevated stations and two underground stations.
The capacity of Route 2020 is 46 thousand riders per hour in both directions that means 23 thousand riders per hour per direction. The ridership of the Route is expected to hit 125 thousand riders per day by 2020, and the number is expected to shoot up to 275 thousand riders per day by 2030.
Tayer also visited the Concrete Batching Yard where concrete segments of the metro viaduct are produced, along with supporting pillars of a diameter ranging from 2.2m to 2.6m.
Abdul Rida Abu Al Hassan, executive director of rail projects planning and development, gave a breifing on the progress of work along with a few other engineers.
The Expo metro station will be an important connection point for Expo 2020.
As to design, the station wil reportedly feature aeroplane-wing shaped structures.
Tayer also visited the Jumeirah Golf Estates Station, which is one of the underground stations along the route, and the Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station, which is the interchange station between the Red Line and Route 2020.
Tayer said, “The construction of Route 2020 is part of the Dubai Plan 2021 for achieving sustainable development and offering world-class services in Dubai and realising RTA’s vision of safe and smooth transport for all.“