Serco Group has confirmed that it has signed a five-year extension to its Dubai Metro maintenance deal worth $575m (£355m). Construction World has reported this.
The company has been working on Dubai Metro since 2007, when it got involved with pre-launch planning and consultancy. It then agreed a five-year operation and maintenance deal for the initial ten stations on the network from its launch date on 9 September 2009.
The new five-year extension it has signed with Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority will run to September 2019, with an option to extend for a further two years to 2021.
Serco said that since the launch, the ten stations have since grown to 29 on the red line and 20 on the green line. Moreover, since last year it has taken on engineering and maintenance responsibility for the network, which, at 75km is the world’s longest driverless train system.
The company employs 2,000 staff on the network, which has seen the number of passengers more than quadruple from 30m at launch to 127m over the past 12 months.
Chief executuve Christopher Hyman said: “We are delighted to be extending our contract to operate one of the world’s most advanced urban rail systems. The Dubai Metro is truly iconic.
“This award reflects the high level of confidence the RTA has in Serco to continue delivering world-beating standards in safety, performance and customer service, and will support further strong growth opportunities that we see across the Middle East region.”