Contractors bid for Abu Dhabi metro project


Tuesday, 02 Jun 2009,

MEED reported that Abu Dhabi’s Transport Department has received bids for a contract to provide consultancy services on the Abu Dhabi Metro project.

The winner of the consultancy contract will prepare a feasibility study and outline design for the metro followed by a detailed design of the network and its stations. The winner will also supervise the construction of the metro.

At least 4 major consortiums plan to bid for the project. They are a US team of Aecom and Parsons Brinckerhoff; UK based Atkins with Australia’s Bovis Lend Lease; US based Parsons International with Mott Macdonald and Halcrow of the UK and France’s Systra with UK-based Arup and Denmark’s Cowi.

As per report, the metro is Abu Dhabi’s largest infrastructure project and could cover several hundred kilometers of metro lines serving Abu Dhabi Island and new developments adjacent to the existing city. The phase-1 of the project will connect the city’s downtown areas with the international airport. The metro system will connect to the inter-emirates rail network, the Union Railway.

Abu Dhabi will build most of the network underground. The Abu Dhabi urban masterplan for 2030 involves a metro running through tunnels along Abu Dhabi Island to Hamdan street, where it will connect with lines serving Saadiyat island. It will run above ground on Saadiyat Island.

The team of Mott MacDonald and UK-based Steer Davies Gleave has completed a surface transport masterplan for Abu Dhabi.

(Sourced from MEED)