Sharjah to build Dh150m bus station

Sharjah to build Dh150m bus station

Sharjah is to have an all new central bus station, worth Dh150 million, for city, intercity, and international shuttle service at the Etihad (Union) square in Al Sour area by the end of 2014.



By Ahmad Shaaban

Published: Mon 20 Dec 2010, 8:23 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:57 PM

Director-General of Sharjah Transport Abdullah Al Zari made the announcement on Sunday following a meeting with Fabre & Torras Arquitectes, the Spanish engineering consultancy office responsible for the designs of the scheme.

“The whole venture and design of the station will be based on the latest updates of the traffic study already conducted by the Aircon Company,” he said.

The four-stage project to be constructed on a total area of 19,000 square metres will have Islamic architecture incorporating local desert environment.

Both the stages of the project design and traffic study have been accomplished. “Construction work is to start by mid-2010 and is expected to take two years, and hence the station will likely start operation in the second half of 2014,” he said. The project initially proposed by a Singaporean consultancy company will be fully equipped with all the facilities, including banks, shopping centres, as well as exchange and travel agencies.

The bus station with a capacity to have some 80 vehicles at a time is expected to provide shuttle service to 17 million passengers in the first year of operation.

“Some 120 to 170 buses will be running 250 intercity trips on a daily basis while some 600 trips will be operated within the city of Sharjah. A spacious perception will be offered later for international land trips,” Zari said.

In a bid to enhance traffic flow, the main station will be supported with 10 sub-stations. The stations are set to cover all areas of Sharjah city.

Meanwhile, Sharjah Transport is to automate its violation registration system by the second quarter of 2011.

Unlike the paper-based manual system, the new scheme, valued at Dh450,000, will save time and effort. “Violations, such as illegal taxis and all other public transport related breaches, shall be registered on the spot, displaying the time and location of the violation,” said Ibtisam Al Ubaidali, IT Manager at Sharjah Transport.

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com


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