Dubai RTA engages with UK Transport Official on safe mobility measures

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) held a meeting with the United Kingdom (UK) Department for Transport, to discuss the means of boosting cooperation and sharing expertise between RTA and its counterpart in the UK, in matters related to the safety of mobility during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The virtually conducted meeting was participated by H.E. Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General, and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Chris Heaton-Harris, Minister of State at the Department for Transport, UK.

During the meeting, they addressed the future projects that the RTA is considering to undertake, especially those providing potential solutions to current mobility issues.

The cooperation between RTA and British companies, the latest developments of coronavirus, and issues affecting the public transport industry were also included in the discussion. They also reviewed future steps to restore business and increase the sustainability of public transportation.

Mr. Al Tayer further reviewed the investment opportunities for projects that the RTA plans to pursue in collaboration with the private sector during the meeting.

He mentioned that RTA had established a comprehensive investment strategy involving specialized investment initiatives, such as the Alternative Financing Program, aimed at strengthening the private sector’s position in the financing of transport infrastructure projects. He also commented on the Private Sector Partnership Strategy of RTA, which included the analysis and development of such projects, with a scope of work that made it a guide in the planning and implementation of public-private partnership projects.

Chris Heaton-Harris has praised the excellent ties between the two sides and the participation of British companies in the implementation of RTA projects. He expressed hope that such collaboration would be improved and that expertise would be shared in the interests of both parties.