Dubai: The Road and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has announced partial closure of Dubai Metro stations.
It is stated that a segment of Dubai Metro’s Red Line will be temporarily closed on every Friday and Saturday, stating July 28 for the next 10 weeks.
The closure of metro service between Jumeirah Lakes Towers Station and Ibn Battuta Station is to enable the construction work to link the Red Line with the under-construction Route 2020.
Work on the 15km long Route 2020, which is an extension of the Red Line, began late last year, connecting the Nakheel Harbour and Tower station with the Expo 2020 site.
A free circular bus route will be in operation as an alternative service between Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) and Ibn Battuta Metro Stations.
The shuttle bus service will be in place throughout the metro closure period.
“A free express bus service will be operated on a circular route to make for the metro closure between JLT and Ibn Battuta Stations from July 28 to Oct 15, 2017 (10 weeks) on weekends only (Friday and Saturday). The closure is required to proceed with construction works related to Route 2020 project,” said Mohammad Abu Baker Al Hashmi, Director of Planning and Business Development, RTA’s Public Transport Agency.
According to Al Hashemi, the shuttle buses will be available from all three stations to both directions.
Commuters heading towards the UAE Exchange Station will have to get off at JLT Station, take a free bus ride to Ibn Battuta Station and then continue their journey by metro in the direction of the UAE Exchange Station.