Road infrastructure plans get the green light

23/10/2012 - Dubai Investment News Posted by Bob Brunskill
Road infrastructure plans get the green light

Government officials in Dubai have approved the next stage of an ambitious project that is aimed at improving the transport links in residential parts of the emirate.The authorities have been pumping money into the scheme for six years now and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has confirmed that more funding will be given to the initiative.Chairman and executive director of the RTA Mattar Al Tayer told the Oxford Business Group that the government is keen to see improvements made to Dubai's road networks and also wants the emirate's main public transport centres to be better connected."While RTA's future plans still include major additions to Dubai's road network in terms of adding new creek crossings and developing major interchanges and road corridors, our priority is to provide roads within main residential areas," he was quoted as saying."For this purpose, we have received government approval of AED 1 billion (£170 million) to develop roads in 16 residential areas in the coming five years."Dubai is expanding all the time and the population will obviously rise as more and more foreigners snap up luxury properties in the city.Earlier this month, the RTA revealed that AED 1.5 billion will also be spent on the Business Bay Canal project, which will involve new roads and bridges being built to make the area more accessible.With plenty of exciting new developments in the pipeline, it is crucial that Dubai has a public transport system and road networks that can accommodate a growing number of people.Mr Al Tayer said the RTA's drive to encourage people to use public transport is gathering pace and there are plans to extend the Metro rail system.The RTA has set a long-term goal of having 30 per cent of the population using public transport by 2030.As of 2006, this figure stood at just six per cent, so there is plenty of work to be done before the target is met.