Over 50% of Dubai’s first integrated truck station project completed
Construction of the Dubai’s first integrated truck station, the ‘Trucks Rest Stop’ at Dubai Land, Emirates Road, is 55% complete, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced.
The truck station spans 5 hectares and includes 100 parking slots for trucks and other facilities to serve the basic and daily needs of truck drivers as well as a specialised technical testing centre for heavy vehicles. Thus, the RTA aims to sort out issues related to the parking of trucks beside highways and in residential areas. It will also meet the rising demand for truck stops considering that trucks make about 145 thousand trips and lift about 3 million tons every day in Dubai.
Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors, RTA, said: “The construction of the station will enhance the traffic safety, reduce trucks-related accidents, and streamline the traffic flow during the trucks ban timings. The project will also increase the engagement of the private sector in the implementation of infrastructure and service projects. It will also generate an additional income for RTA through sharing revenues with the investor, and offer investment prospects for investors in a variety of fields. It will improve the quality of public services, and transfer knowledge, expertise and innovation from the private sector to the public sector. In particular, it will offer government employees an exposure to the management and follow-up of this sort of long-term projects undertaken on build-operate-transfer (BOT) model.”
Prior to construction of the truck station, the RTA had commissioned a comprehensive study of truck movement in Dubai along with site surveys, interviews and workshops with the concerned departments and companies. It has also developed a schematic model to predict future truck movements; assessed the need for dry ports, or goods assembly and distribution centres; evaluated the policies and timings of the current trucks movement ban and the need for dedicated roads for trucks; and all organisational and structural aspects relating to the management of trucks and goods movement in Dubai. Subsequently, the RTA constructed 18 temporary trucks rest stops on the right-of-way of several vital roads in Dubai with a total capacity of 538 parking slots to provide safe and convenient parking spaces for trucks during the ban on truck movement.
The RTA also finalised technical and commercial studies for two permanent truck rest stops - in Jebel Ali Industrial Area 3 near the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and at Al Ayyas, near the Emirates Road.
“The two projects will be tendered this December to the private sector. Both the stations will have all the requisite facilities and services needed by drivers and trucks. A study is underway for an additional site at Dubai Industrial City nearby the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. It will be released in a tender after the completion of the technical and investment studies,” said Al Tayer.