Metro service between JLT and Ibn Battuta to be suspended until 2019
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The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that Dubai Metro services between Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) and Ibn Batuta stations will be suspended from January 5, 2018 until mid-2019 to carry out metro expansion work, reports Gulf News.
What expansion work exactly? Route 2020 ofcourse, the 15km extension of the Dubai Metro’s Red Line. The new route aims to connect Nakheel Harbour and Towers station with the Expo 2020 site.
“Constructional modifications require the full closure of Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station as the rail track between JLT Metro Station, and Ibn Battuta Station will be fully closed from January 5, 2018, until the middle of 2019,” said Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younus, CEO of RTA’s Rail Agency.
“To ensure the smooth mobility of riders between JLT and Ibn Battuta stations, RTA will deploy regular free express buses to shuttle commuters between the two stations during the metro service hours. This alternative transit service between the two stations will be running throughout the closure period,” he added.
The closure means that passengers heading to the UAE Exchange Station are required to disembark at JLT Station, board a shuttle bus to the Ibn Battuta Station and then continue their journey onwards by metro to the UAE Exchange Station.
In the direction of Rashidiya Station, passengers are required to disembark at Ibn Battuta Station, take the shuttle bus to JLT Station and proceed from there on.
The RTA has advised passengers to allot an extra 20 minutes to their journeys if they are taking this route, in order to both familiarise themselves with the free bus service, and of course avoid any delays.
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