Deira taxi station will be rebuilt in the same area

DUBAI — The Deira Taxi Station near the Union Square will be demolished in the coming months to make way for a part of the ambitious rail project.

By Zaigham Ali Mirza

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Published: Fri 20 Jan 2006, 11:23 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 6:58 PM

According to sources, the station will be demolished for setting up a power sub-station for one of the two subway metro stations, to be located in a portion of the Union Square Park. The date for the taxi station’s demolition is yet to be finalised.

The taxi station has been in operation for over two decades, and is one of the oldest stations in Dubai according to some officials, started serving the Public Transport Department’s buses — managed until recently by Dubai Municipality (and now is under the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority), in 1999.

“The buses used to stop outside the station at the lay-by but apparently traffic management compelled the authority to use the facility as a proper station,” AbdulAziz Malik, Director of Transport Department at the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (DRTA), said.

Malik said the Deira Taxi Station will be rebuilt in the same area, perhaps not very far from the existing location.

According to Malik, no bus route originates from the station. “The station serves as many as 13 routes, which mainly originate either at the Gold Souq Bus Station or the Sabkha Bus Station. The 90 buses that run on these 13 routes do some 920 trips daily, including 40 bus trips per hour during peak hours,” Malik revealed.

As such the public transport system in Dubai picks up 6,000 passengers from the station everyday, he added. The time schedule for the demolition of the station is yet to be finalised, officials said, adding that a power installation for one of Dubai Metro’s two subway stations would be erected at the location.

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