Minor damage to Metro track after road accident

Suspended services at three affected stations on the Red Line, Energy, Danube and Jebel Ali, to resume from today.

By Lily B. Libo-on

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Published: Wed 23 Jul 2014, 12:37 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 9:59 PM

The technical team of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is “working double time” to repair some minor damages on the Metro rail and restore services of the Dubai Metro to normal following a traffic accident at a bridged intersection near Jebel Ali Metro Station. The accident resulted in suspended services at three stations on the Red Line of the Metro on Monday, a senior official confirmed.

Mohammed Al Mudharreb, Director of Rail Operations, said the accident between a truck and a vehicle had rendered the tracks “unsafe” for the Dubai Metro to run. “We suspended the services at three metro stations ... Energy, Danube and Jebel Ali. This is the first accident to happen involving the Metro tracks, but we will take measures to prevent a similar accident ... in the future.”

He said the RTA has “adequate safety measures” in place at all Metro stations. “Despite this, accidents happen ... because accidents cannot be anticipated.” Al Mudharreb said Metro services were disrupted only at Jebel Ali, Danube and Energy stations, barring which services across lines in both directions are “fully operational”.

Explaining the accident and its impact on Metro services, Al Mudharreb said a truck tyre fell on the Metro viaduct as a result of the accident. “This caused some damages on the rail. The damages are not serious, but we suspended the services as we felt that the tracks are unsafe for operation,” he said.

The three affected stations are not expected to affect the overall ridership much as, based on available statistics, these stations have the lowest ridership on the Metro Red Line.

An alternative is being planned for the affected commuters. Shuttle buses and taxi services have been pushed into operation by the RTA to ferry passengers beyond the affected stations to ensure a smooth and safe commute for them.


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