Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) made an announcement last week stating that it will reopen the left U-turn at one of the intersections in Dubai Marina. The project shall be completed by early September.
The intersection of Al Sufouh-Al Gharbi Streets, as well as the track of the Dubai Tram are the intersections concerned.
The main objective for the project is to ensure there a zero accidents within the area, Roads and Transport Authority said in statement.
“We had set up a committee of RTA’s specialists where an international consultant had been appointed to draw up a comprehensive plan to realize the Tram/Roads Safety Strategy,” said Maitha bin Adai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic & Roads Agency.
The five-year-plan covers programmes, procedures and initiatives to ensure the “zero-accident” level in the day-to-day operations of the Tram by 2020.
The project will also ensure that there is proper coordination of traffic movement, light signals, traffic enforcement measures to promote the easy flow of traffic, and most importantly reduce the risk of accidents.
“Under the plan, several preventive measures have been set to eliminate potential accidents between the Tram and vehicles due to turns at the intersection of Al Marsa-Al Gharbi Streets,” Bin Adai said.
“We have introduced a feature in the traffic light signaling system whereby all light signals will turn red once the tram approaches the junction.
“We have installed surveillance cameras to monitor vehicles jumping the red signals in coordination with the General Department of Traffic at the Dubai Police.
“We have also launched awareness campaigns in this regard and a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Dubai Police to ensure the safe use of these turns.
“The Dubai Tram boasts of sophisticated technologies to alert over-speeding tram drivers, and automatically reduce the speed in case of no response from the driver. There is a code of conduct applicable to tram drivers committing multiple offences posing risks to road users,” she added.
Giving access to motorists in order for them to acquaint themselves with the movement of the tram was one of the main reasons for closing the turns.
“All road users are required to abide by traffic and driving rules and pay attention to traffic signals to avoid serious accidents. RTA is revamping its plans and strategies for roads in the emirate in keeping with the needs of road users,” she said.