Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Livingstone: Dubai must improve its public transport

Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone urged Dubai to improve its public transport infrastructure at a conference in the city this week.

"Dubai must recognise a modern financial district requires the vast majority of workers to use public transport," he said. To date Dubai has no public transport. Buses ferry labourers in and out of construction sites but other workers rely on taxis and cars.

Livingstone's comments came as many visitors to the region's largest real estate conference, found themselves stranded after the taxi system was overwhelmed. "I have been moved from the conference hall to a car park by bus to wait for a taxi, but after an hour there were no taxis. Another minibus then took me to a shopping mall to wait for a taxi there. "I got one after queuing for an hour," one visitor told NCE. "It took me three hours to get back to my hotel seven kilometres away."

Dubai's Road Transport Authority is aware that the public transport system needs to be improved. The city’s metro, designed by Atkins, is due to come into operation in September 2009. This would be the region’s first light rail scheme and Dubai's first piece of public transport infrastructure.

Livingstone, was recently appointed as a consultant on transport, planning and policing in Caracas, Venezuela and said he would be delighted to take on a similar role in Dubai

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.