24 Jan Second APM for Dubai Airport
Dubai International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world and is continuing to grow rapidly. To accommodate more flights it has been building new Concourses connected to Terminal 3 (serving Emirates Airline) and Terminal 1 (the other passenger airlines).
As the footprint of the airport has grown it has commissioned two driverless Automated People Mover (APM) systems. The first system, operated by Serco, opened in January 2013 and is a Mitsubishi Crystal Mover system serving Concourses A and B (often referred to as the Terminal 3 APM). The second system, constructed and operated by Bombardier Transportation, will serve Terminal 1 and Concourse D (referred to as the Terminal 1 APM).
In January 2014, Rail Safety & Systems Assurance was brought onto the Terminal 1 APM project to oversee safety assurance and approvals for the system. Our role included developing the Project Safety Assurance Plan, ensuring that hazards at key interfaces within the project and externally had been addressed, liaising with the safety regulator and Independent Safety Assessor (ISA), and producing the over-arching project safety case at key stages.
In October 2015, the project received a “Delivery Safety Certificate” from the safety regulator (Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority or RTA); the “Operation Safety Certificate” was issued in December.