The Dubai Government’s plans to expand the city’s metro network by adding a fourth line, the Purple Line, awaits cancellation now.
Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said, ?Our view is that what both airports need is really fast and efficient links Downtown to residential and businesses, so we don?t really need a fast Metro link between the two airports because the amount of traffic between airports won?t be significant.?
Dubai Airports had pushed for the development of a central rail terminal with connections to the two airports through the city?s main business and tourist areas, instead of the Purple Line. Earlier this year, the Managing Director of Al Futtaim Engineering, which worked on the Dubai Metro Red Line, said that there was potential for the Purple Line to be revived.
The Purple Line was set to run from Dubai International Airport to Al Maktoum International in Jebel Ali. Plans for the original line showed a 49km link with eight stations along its length. It was intended to cut travel time between the two airports to 40 minutes. The estimated cost (in 2008) of the line was AED 10 billion (US$2.72 bn). However, this plan came under review in light of the economic and financial crisis in 2008-2009.
The Purple Line was announced in June 2007, and construction was originally slated to begin in March at a cost of $2.73 billion but the time table has now been pushed back indefinitely, with the RTA saying construction will not begin until “there is a visible need”.
Al Maktoum International, Jebel Ali
The Dubai Central ? Al Maktoum International Airport opened in June, 2010 is designed to handle up to 160 million passengers and 12 million tons of freight each year. It could eventually beat Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world?s busiest passenger airport at the moment.
Sources: Newzglobe, dubaifaqs, arabianbusiness, dubaiinformer