With the Dubai Tram's official arrival in November this year, things are already changing on Dubai's roads. And it's starting with the speed limit for vehicles, considering the tram movements in and around Al Sufouh. The maximum speed limit on Al Sufouh Road will be reduced from 80 to 60 km starting 1 June 2014, it's been announced by the Road and Transport Authority (RTA). Speed radars will catch anybody exceeding the limit.
Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency (TRA), said: “The RTA’s decision to reduce the speed limit of Al Safouh Street, which is classified as an arterial street, was taken in the light of studies about the impacts of the Dubai Tram with a view to ensuring a smooth and safe traffic flow in the area.”
Once the Dubai Tram starts, the Al Sufouh area will be a key part of its route. Five tram stations will be opened over a 2.5km-long stretch on the street, an addition that will have a considerable impact on traffic in the area.
Maitha added that pedestrian crossings, pick-up and drop-off points, bus stops, taxi ranks and car parks will be established to encourage usage of mass transport and smoothly integrate the tram with other transit modes without crippling traffic.