Residents of Dubai Marina will be breathing a sigh of relief this morning after the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that all left turns and U-turns along the Dubai Tram route will be gradually reopened.
The decision to close five junctions over a year ago has resulted in complaints from some residents in the area about longer waiting times at traffic lights and extended journey times through the Marina.
Gulf News reported that the first junction to reopen would be at the intersection of Al Sayora and Al Sufouh roads in Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), which will take place on Wednesday, March 2.
The remaining four intersections would be opened on June 1 and September 1.
A spokesperson for the RTA said that the decision had been made as motorists had become used to the existence of the tram.
“The main reason to close down these turns following the inauguration of the tram was to offer an opportunity for motorists to get used to the movement of the tram in that area,” Hussein Al Banna, director of traffic at the RTA’s traffic and roads agency said, according to Gulf News.
“The reopening of the turns depends on a preventive plan to prevent accidents and maintain the safety of the tram and motorists. The plan will take three months of monitoring and additional measures would be taken accordingly, in case of need.
“All road users will have to commit to traffic and driving rules, and should pay attention to traffic lights to avoid any accidents.” Source
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