Moscow railway stations will make Russian and English language announcements for international, intercity and commuter train departures in the run-up to the June 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
One language expert will record standard Russian and English language announcements, the press service of the Russian Railways railway stations directorate said.
“So far, English language announcements, recorded by several announcers, are used for some train departures at the Kazansky, Leningradsky and Kursky railway stations,” press service sources noted.
“We need to translate these announcements prior to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup when many foreign tourists will arrive in Moscow, ” press service officials added.
All train announcements will be automated, making things easier for announcers who now have to push special buttons to replay the recordings. Announcers will continue to work at railway stations, informing passengers under standard emergency protocols.
The Moscow Metro will also broadcast pre-recorded standard English language announcements for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup on every line by June this year. Russian language announcements describing the use of escalators will also be translated into English. Currently, English language announcements are made on the metro’s Circle and Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya lines and the Moscow Central Circle (MCC) belt railway.
Moscow, St Petersburg, Sochi and Kazan are to host the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup from 17 June through 2 July. Many foreign fans will arrive in Moscow and leave for other cities hosting football games, including by rail.