Etihad Rail has signed a significant strategic agreement with the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) that will focus on cooperation in securing railway alignments, station locations and defining the contractual and operational responsibilities for both parties.
As part of the agreement, RTA will assign representatives to coordinate issuing Non-Objection Certificates (NOCs) of any road works required by Etihad Rail in line with the timeline and framework agreed by both parties.
Etihad Rail has committed to conducting technical studies and presenting the findings in the form of architectural reports and blueprints to the responsible governmental authorities in Dubai.
Etihad Rail will also report on any modifications to the railway alignment or the surrounding areas, particularly on any operational issues. The organisation will also commit to defining the widths of the railway in a manner that guarantees maximum operational efficiency,and to cooperate with RTA on health and safety related matters under Dubai standards.
“We are delighted to cooperate with the RTA and sign this agreement which will assist Etihad Rail in develop the national rail network of the UAE on time. In the past five years, Etihad Rail has managed to lay well established foundations for its operations,” Nasser
Alsowaidi, Chairman of Etihad Rail said.