Work on plans to extend Dubai Metro’s Red Line to Dubai World Central will begin early if the Dubai World Expo 2020 bid is successful
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) say they will start planning and developing Dubai Metro’s Red Line expansion in November if the emirate wins the bid to host Expo 2020.
The RTA said the extension of the Red Line was already on the agenda as part of the proposed rail network expansion plan but the project would be fast-tracked if Dubai secures the World Expo 2020 bid.
The Dubai Metro expansion includes the building of a new stretch of line from the existing terminus at Jebel Ali to Al Maktoum International Airport, which is next to the proposed Expo site at Dubai World Central.
Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Road and Transport Authority and a member of the Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo said the expansion would take three to four years to complete and would be the only major transport investment required for the Expo.
“All we need is a small change,” he said. “We don’t need major change because the infrastructure is ready or almost ready.”