Modern roofs above the entrances to 33 metro stations may be built as early as next year. The new glass-and-metal structures will keep rain and snow off the stairs, which were recently upgraded under the city improvement programme. Such roofs have already been installed at five stations: Varshavskaya, Chkalovskaya, Krestyanskaya Zastava, Orekhovo and Chertanovskaya.
The Moscow Metro press service said about 140 roofs (see the list) would be put up at 33 stations. One of the main types of these structures installed mostly in residential areas is called City Lights as its illumination in the evening looks like windows in a block of flats.
The press service said the main construction works of the first stage of the city improvement programme had been completed at 62 out of 84 stations. This is over 80 percent of the originally planned efforts to modernise the infrastructure of the metro entrance halls and underpasses.
“The first stage of the city improvement programme is to be completed by the end of 2016,” the Moscow Metro press service said. “The progress will be monitored round the clock by the technicians and design architects. If there are faults, contractors will be instructed to immediately resolve the problem.”
Builders are now completing the work to improve Savyolovskaya station on the Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya Line. They have promptly expanded one of the stairs to improve the passenger flow. The number of passengers is expected to increase after the new Nizhnyaya Maslovka station of the metro’s planned second Circle Line is launched (planned for 2018 – mos.ru) as passengers will be able to change here to Savyolovskaya station.
Now the stairs are open to passengers during the day, but at night builders do wall facing work.
About 1,500 sq m of granite floors have been totally replaced in the metro passage hall, and granite skirting has been fitted along the walls together with tactile tiles. Floating ceilings will cover the cables and wires by the end of the year, and a new lighting system will be installed. Next year, entrance halls at Savyolovskaya station will also be covered with roofs.
“Once the building works are finished, new doors made of light stainless steel will be put up at the entrance hall,” said the metro press service. “New navigation and passenger infrastructure elements designed in the Moscow Metro style will appear in entrance and passage halls. Besides, the passage and the ticket office halls will be separated by a stained glass panel to fill the hall with more colourful light. The same stained glass panel can be seen at Marksistskaya metro station.”
The list of stations where entrance halls will be roofed in 2017: