RTA awards $231m maintenance contract for tramway

Alstom-Cofely-Besix consortium secures 13 year contract for 14km line

The $231m contract will run for 13 years, with the potential for 5 years to be added on. Photo: Getty Images
The $231m contract will run for 13 years, with the potential for 5 years to be added on. Photo: Getty Images

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded a 13 year maintenance contract for the Al Safouh Tramway in Dubai to a consortium made up of France’s Alstom and the Emirati-Belgian Cofely-Besix.

Worth $231.6m, the contract includes an option for a five year extension, the RTA said. It will cover the maintenance of various systems and equipment, such as electrification, signaling and ticketing, among others.

“The contract covers the maintenance of the rolling stock and fixed installations under Phase 1 of the Al Safouh Tram Project; which includes the supply of 11 tram sets, and the construction of a 10km long track, as well as 11 passenger stations."


"The contract also has the provision to award Alstom the maintenance contract for Phase 2 of the project, which includes providing 14 additional tram sets, a 5km long track and six additional passenger stations,” Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of the RTA, during the signing of the contract.

The contact will also cover preventive and corrective maintenance, equipment renewal, technical support, management of spare-part inventories for the tram sets, and the running of a basic maintenance program.

Furthermore, the deal will see the consortium implement a tram depot, track and platform, points and crossing, power supply and distribution equipment, ground-level power supply system, communication and signaling systems and other electromechanical installations.

Cofely-Besix Facility Management will be placed in charge of maintaining the stations and depot, as well as their MEP works, along with the associated services in the station and along the track.

“The project serves residential and commercial areas along the tramway passing through Al Safouh, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence."

"In recent areas these areas witnessed high-end property developments for residential, commercial and tourist purposes. They encompass prominent commercial and tourist landmarks, as well as projects currently undertaken in Dubai Marina and others under planning stage,” Al Tayer explained.

“Demographic studies and population density estimates in the project neighbourhood showed (there were) about 180,000 residents, 210,000 workers and 20 thousand visitors. The high population and workers density reflects the importance of the tram project as an initial step in a chain of similar transit modes to cover all high density areas in the emirate,” he added.

Duabi will be the first city outside Europe to use tram sets powered by a modern, safe and catenary-free power supply system, which will help preserve the urban environment in Dubai.

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