VIDEO: Dubai Tram in action near Marina... but it's not all good news
What’s On has video of the Dubai Tram. Find out where the Dubai tram will run, how often the Dubai Tram and operate and when the Dubai Tram will be ready.
– FIRST LOOK: Dubai Tram
The Dubai Marina stretch of the tram network saw movement for the very first time this weekend as testing ramped up another notch.
The new transport system, which is slated for full operation by November this year, entered it’s third stage of testing along the elevated platform between Emaar Boulevard and Sheikh Zayed Road.
In our exclusive video, shot with Jumeirah Lake Towers in the background, the tram is shown inching slowly along the track. The speed, we’re assured, is merely part of the testing process and not a reflection of the final efficiency.
The tram is expected to carry about 27,000 riders per day at the start of operations in 2014, rising to 66,000 per day by 2020,along a route which extend 14.6 km. Passengers will be able to ride in gold class, while there will also be a dedicated carriage for women and children.
In December, seven coaches arrived in the region from France, in what was the first significant step forward on the Dhs3 billion project which will connect parts of Dubai Marina, JBR, Media City to Mall of the Emirates and Madinat Jumeirah.
Seeing those coaches in action is a major step forward to residents of the area who have had to put up with significant disruption to the roads around their home.
However, the positive news has been tempered by the announcement of further diversions and closures starting from the end of July as a full three-month testing process gets underway. During this time, important signalling, road markings and other key installations will take place.
Other recent announcements around the network include the creation of a cycle track alongside the majority of the line, a reduced speed limit for cars on roads crossed by the tram, and the fact that operations will run every six minutes, 20 hours a day from 5am.