The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has suspended service on a section of the Dubai Metro Red Line from 5 January, 2018 to mid-2019 due to ongoing work for the Route 2020 metro line.

According to RTA, service will be suspended between Ibn Battuta and Tower and Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) stations on the Dubai Metro Red Line.

Works will include the construction of a new station alongside the existing Nakheel Harbour and Tower station, linking it with the existing one. The station, as well as the attached multi-story car park, will be fully closed.

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A free express bus service will shuttle the passengers along the affected sector.

Construction work on the 15km-long Route 2020, an extension of the Dubai Metro’s Red Line connecting Nakheel Harbour and Towers station with the Expo 2020 site, began late last year.

Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younus, CEO of RTA’s Rail Agency, said: “This alternative transit service between the two stations will be running throughout the closure period to complete construction works required for the extension of the Metro Red line as part of Route 2020 Project.

“Metro riders in the direction of Rashidiya Station are required to alight at Ibn Battuta Station, take an alternative bus for free to take them to JLT Station and from there continue their journey in the direction of Rashidiya Station.”

The RTA advises passengers and metro users to plan and allow an additional 20 minutes to their journey to avoid any delays.

Tunnel boring operations and drilling works for the Dubai Route 2020 metro began in October, with all tunnel drilling works to be completed by December 2018.

The tunnel boring machine used to complete the works, dubbed Al Wugeisha Expo 2020, is scheduled to pass across the underground station near Jumeirah Golf Estates by January next year.

The new Dubai Metro rolling stock will arrive in Dubai by July 2018.