UAE: Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has approved the selection of the Expolink consortium for a 10·6bn dirham contract to build the Route 2020 branch of the metro Red Line to serve the Expo 2020 site.
The Expolink consortium is led by Alstom, and includes Acciona of Spain and Gülermak of Turkey. Thales will provide railway systems.
The Route 2020 project is part of the emirate’s Dubai Plan 2021 for sustainable development and improved infrastructure and services. Construction of the line is scheduled to start this year, with opening planned for May 5 2020, ahead of the start of the Expo.
The contract includes the supply of 50 trainsets, of which 15 are needed for the new line and 35 to increase capacity on the network. More info