Rail Agency utilises lockdown period to carry out key maintenance activities on metro railways
Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has said that the Rail Agency has capitalised on the recent lockdown period of the National Disinfection Programme by carrying out intensive maintenance works on the Dubai Metro network.
In a statement, the RTA said that its teams have managed to carry out key maintenance activities of some parts of the metro railways in a record time equal to 50% shorter than the planned period. Teams also accomplished preventive maintenance works in nine railway curves, vis-à-vis planned five curves, thus recording a completion rate of 180%, the statement added.
Mohammed Al Amiri, the director of maintenance at Rail Agency, said: “We have succeeded in turning the lockdown of the metro network forced by Covid-19 pandemic into an intensive maintenance period for the Dubai Metro infrastructure, thanks to the additional working hours available to carry out essential/planned maintenance activities.”
Al Amiri also pointed out that during the national disinfection period, the Rail Agency had completed the preventive maintenance of rail pads, at an achievement rate of about 175% compared to the planned period.
He noted that the RTA has also expedited the periodic inspection of rail tracks on the Red and Green lines at a completion rate of 170%.
“We have also completed 50% of metro tunnel preventive maintenance works against 30% of the targeted period, thus recording a completion rate of 170%,” revealed Al Amiri.
“We also advanced the tunnel cleaning works and carried it out in April instead of the scheduled time in June, which saved about 25% of the time allocated,” he stated.
The statement added that the RTA will continue its efforts to sustain its assets and carry out optimal periodic and preventive maintenance activities at the highest standards.
“It seeks to capitalise on the current challenges constructively for the safety of metro users in line with its vision of ‘Safe and Smooth Transport for All’,” Al Amiri concluded.