A thematic New Year’s train will start running on the Circle Line after 25 December, Moscow Metro Chief Dmitry Pegov said. “We are preparing a new theme train with New Year’s colours for the Circle Line, and I hope you’ll see it around 25 December,” he noted.
From 25 December, riders will be able to deliver parcels with holiday postcards using the correspondence delivery service at Live Conversation counters and also from the lost and found items facility, he added. “We would like to remind riders that they can send letters and other small parcels from metro stations. In the run-up to the winter holiday season, they can attach colourful New Year’s postcards to their parcels and send them to their families and colleagues on New Year’s Eve. Metro officials wearing holiday costumes will help them send their letters and parcels,” Mr Pegov noted.
Maximum service intervals between metro trains will be 15 minutes on New Year’s Eve, he said. “Service intervals will be 3.5-10 minutes in the early hours of 1 January and will not exceed five minutes on the main metro lines. Circle Line trains will arrive every three minutes and 45 seconds,” he noted.
The Moscow Central Circle (MCC) will also operate in the early hours of 1 January, Mr Pegov noted. “We have asked Russian Railways to provide train service on New Year’s Eve, and they are currently considering our request,” Mr Pegov said. Christmas trees will be installed and decorated at 14 MCR stations before this week is out. All metro and MCC stations will be decorated; coniferous-tree garlands with Christmas tree baubles and bright bows will hang over station entrances and ticket offices. People can take part in the MCC Christmas Tree photo contest/quest, with the winners receiving gifts from the Moscow Metro administration.
On Saturday, 17 December, an android robot named Metrosha and Father Frost will congratulate riders on the upcoming New Year’s Eve at the MCR’s Luzhniki station.