Five stations of the Third Interchange Circuit (TIC) will open in summer, said Marat Khusnullin, Deputy Mayor for Urban Development and Construction.
“Work on the first TIC section from Delovoy Tsentr to Petrovsky Park is scheduled to be finished in summer. It is a very difficult section to build,” he added.
In addition, the deputy mayor explained that the main difficulty is caused by water-saturated soil. “In the area of Khoroshovskaya station, we had to resort to freezing the ground, which affected the general schedule.”
The section is 10.5 kilometres long, with Delovoy Tsentr, Shelepikha, Khoroshovskaya, CSKA and Petrovsky Park stations.
A full launch of the Third Interchange Circuit, stretching 61 kilometres long and consisting of 30 stations, is scheduled for 2020-2021. There will also be 17 crossings with operating metro lines, seven with radial railways and two with the Moscow Central Circle (MCC).
The Third Interchange Circuit will let passengers save travel time and will help reduce the load on central sections of radial metro lines by 20-25 percent.
This year it is also planned to finish the construction of 19 metro stations and over 42 kilometres of tunnels.