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Monorail vehicle up close Palm Jumeirah Monorail


Mott MacDonald has been involved with monorail technology for over 10 years. Within the urban landscape monorails provide a medium capacity transport system which has a less intrusive infrastructure than an equivalent rail-based system and which copes and adapts quickly.

Monorail systems provide an elegant solution to elevated medium capacity urban transport at a competitive price.

Monorail systems provide an elegant solution to elevated medium capacity urban transport at a competitive price. The features in favour of monorail systems include:

  • Low cost infrastructure
  • Elevated and dedicated ‘right of way’
  • Light to medium capacity
  • Simple station construction
  • Suitable for running in the road median
  • Ideal for windy and narrow city roads
  • Quiet operation and low vibration
  • Low impact and light weight guideway
  • Simple control systems for operations
  • Rapid construction in urban areas

Our consultants have provided a number of services on monorail projects, such as:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Technical advisory
  • Engineering consultancy
  • Construction supervision
  • Systems integration
  • Independent checking
  • Independent assessment for testing and commissioning
  • Operation and maintenance

Contractor and authorities

Clearly engineering a monorail must address all unique features of an overall system to ensure safe operation. Other major issues need to be considered at the earliest stage in the development of a design include fire engineering and passenger evacuation.

The Fire Worthiness of Rolling Stock is a critical design feature providing the specifications a passenger cabin requires in order to provide a ‘fire hardened’ envelope as well as to minimise fire loads and ignition sources. Prior to operation, robust safety management also involves practising train-to-train evacuation.

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