Etihad Rail to have Sharjah passenger station near University City

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Etihad Rail, the UAE’s national rail network, will have a future passenger station in Sharjah, the Ruler of Sharjah announced on Wednesday (March 6).

Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, said the Sharjah passenger station will be located near Sharjah University City.

The passenger station will “significantly reduce travel distances between passenger stations within the network.” Currently, Etihad Rail functions as a freight service for gas fields.

Sheikh Theyab Bin Mohamed Bin Zayed, Chairman of Etihad Rail, said the passenger station in Sharjah will “strategically enhance interconnection between population communities in the UAE and ease passenger movement between stations within the network.”

“Sharjah is a vital centre that links Dubai and the other northern emirates of the country, making this development a key milestone in our efforts to improve transportation infrastructure,” Sheikh Theyab said.

The Etihad Rail will soon have passenger services across emirates, connecting Abu Dhabi, Al Ruwais, Al Sila, Al Dhaid, Dubai, Fujairah and Sharjah. An official announcement on the start of passenger services has yet to be made, but the train network is expected to cover 11 stations.

The high-speed train can travel at up to 200kmph and is expected to cut the travel time by up to 40 percent, making travel between emirates a matter of minutes instead of hours.

The train ride is expected to cut travel time between Dubai and Abu Dhabi by 50 minutes, while travel between Abu Dhabi and Fujairah will only take 100 minutes. Dubai and Fujairah commute will take 50 minutes, and travel between Abu Dhabi and Al Ruwais will take 70 minutes.

Etihad Rail’s wider network runs across 1,200 kilometres from the border of Saudi Arabia to Oman. The train network is expected to service 14,000 passengers per day on weekdays and transport more than 36 million people each year by 2030. ICA/Expat Media

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