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Dubai to Introduce Two New Toll Gates: Salik Announces Strategic Expansion for Smoother Traffic Flow

Optimizing Traffic Distribution and Alleviating Congestion: Salik's New Toll Gates Set to Enhance Dubai's Transport Infrastructure

by The Gulf Talk
Dubai to Introduce Two New Toll Gates

Dubai to introduce two new toll gates, according to an announcement by Salik Company PJSC, the exclusive toll gate operator in the city. The upcoming toll gates will be located at Business Bay Crossing on Al Khail Road and Al Safa South on Sheikh Zayed Road, between Al Meydan Street and Umm Al Sheif Street.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has officially tasked Salik with the installation of these two toll gates to optimize traffic flow and alleviate congestion on key routes in Dubai. The selection of these locations is based on comprehensive traffic movement studies conducted by the RTA, aiming to manage traffic distribution and reduce congestion by redirecting some traffic to alternative routes with higher capacity.

Salik Announces Strategic Expansion

Scheduled to become operational in November of this year, these new toll gates will bring the total number of Salik toll gates in Dubai to ten, up from the current eight. The existing toll gates are situated in Al Barsha, Al Garhoud Bridge, Al Maktoum Bridge, Al Mamzar South, Al Mamzar North, Al Safa, Airport Tunnel, and Jebel Ali.

When a vehicle passes through a Salik toll gate, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology detects the vehicle and scans the Salik sticker tag, automatically deducting a toll fee of Dh4 from the motorist’s prepaid toll account. The RTA anticipates that the Business Bay Crossing toll gate will reduce traffic congestion by 12 to 15 percent on Al Khail Road, decrease traffic volume by 10-16 percent on Al Rabat Street, and redistribute traffic to Al Maktoum and Al Garhoud bridges and Ras Al Khor Street.

Similarly, Al Safa South is expected to reduce right-turn traffic volume from Sheikh Zayed Road to Meydan Street by 15 per cent and optimize traffic flow on Financial Centre, First Al Khail, and Al Asayel Streets.

Salik CEO Ibrahim Sultan Al Haddad stated that the addition of these toll gates aligns with the company’s growth plan outlined during its initial public offering. The move supports Dubai’s Urban Plan 2040, focusing on sustainable urban growth, and aims to enhance overall mobility in the city.

In addition to toll gates, Salik recently announced its plan to operate parking at Dubai Mall by the third quarter of 2024. The automatic fee collection for ticketless parking will leverage vehicle plate recognition technology, contributing to Salik’s efforts to diversify revenues and provide efficient mobility solutions for Dubai’s residents and visitors.

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