Next stop: Ramenki. Three new stations open on Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya Line

Next stop: Ramenki. Three new stations open on Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya Line
Photo: Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press Service. Denis Grishkin
The Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya Line is to receive seven more stations before the year is out.

The new section of the metro’s Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya Line was completed by 1 January 2017, with a test train traveling between the Delovoi Tsentr and Ramenki stations. And the three new stations, Minskaya, Lomonosovsky Prospekt and Ramenki, received their first passengers today. This section links the city’s southwestern, western and central districts.

Neighbourhood metro stations

Minskaya station is located under Minskaya Street and between Victory Park and Matveyevsky Forest. It is also located near an exit towards Starovolynskaya Street and a railway bridge over the Moscow Railway’s Kiev Line. The station’s only entrance accesses both sides of Minskaya Street. Passengers can enter the platform using wide stairways, and two lifts are available for people with disabilities and parents with prams.

Lomonosovsky Prospekt station is located at the intersection of Michurinsky and Lomonosovsky prospekts. Its two entrances and pedestrian underpasses access Michurinsky and Lomonosovsky prospekts.

Ramenki station is at the intersection of Michurinsky Prospekt and Vinnitskaya Street. Its two underground entrances provide access to both sides of Michurinsky Prospekt. The station’s platforms can be reached by escalators and lifts for people with disabilities.

Victory Day, mathematical sciences and tree grove: 3D pictures underground

It was decided to decorate the Minskaya, Lomonosovsky Prospekt and Ramenki stations with related patterns. All of them feature 3D images on columns in the halls’ central sections. By looking at the column rows from one end of the platform to the other, viewers can see how these images merge into one single composition. Each station has its own unique image.

The silvery-scarlet Minskaya station is dedicated to Victory Day and military equipment at the nearby Great Patriotic War Museum. The walls of its entrances and platform columns show elements of a long-range cannon from the Krasnaya Gorka fort in Kronstadt near Leningrad, now St Petersburg, and some panels feature red numbers 41-45 marking the years of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. Cut-open circles on the ceiling are fitted with thin lines of lamps forming large triangles. The station’s walls and floors are covered with granite, glazed metal-ceramic panels and reinforced triple glass panels, as well as stainless steel and aluminium.

Ramenki station is decorated with tree silhouettes etched against a green background reminiscent of the dense oak tree groves that used to bloom here. Lomonosovsky Prospekt station owes its design to mathematical sciences, with rows of numbers crisscrossing checkered navy-blue columns that resemble mathematics notebooks. This is a tribute to Mikhail Lomonosov and the nearby Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Reaching the University and Vnukovo airport more quickly

The three new metro stations will help people in four districts (Ramenki,  Prospekt Vernadskogo, Ochakovo-Matveyvskoye and Dorogomilovo) reach central Moscow more quickly. This will save many of them between 30 and 60 minutes, the time they usually spend to reach the nearest metro station by bus. Moscow State University students will also find it quite convenient to use the nearby Lomonosovsky Prospekt station, located not far from the University’s main building.

People living in the Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative areas will also gain from seven more stations, due to open between Ramenki and Rasskazovka. This will become the second metro line after Sokolnicheskaya to link Old and New Moscow. The entire Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya Line will make things easier for over 600,000 city residents.

Reduced congestion, cleaner air

The Park Pobedy-Ramenki section will take the load off the metro’s Kalininskaya, Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya, Sokolnicheskaya and Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya lines, as well as transit links/hubs near the Yugo-Zapadnaya, Prospekt Vernadskogo and other stations.

Local roads should also be less congested, with some drivers using the metro instead. The Michurinsky and Leninsky prospekts, the Borovskoye and Kievskoye motorways, Prospekt Vernadskogo and the Moscow Ring Road (MKAD) will see 20 percent fewer vehicles. The environmental situation will improve, and the air will become cleaner, due to reduced congestion.

City blocks of flats where the new stations are located will become more popular with investors and more people-friendly. More people want to live and work in readily accessible districts. A new infrastructure will be created, with shopping malls and offices offering new jobs.

Multistage project

The Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya Line is being built stage by stage. Its first stations were opened in 1979, and the line was named Kalininskaya. Twenty years later, city fathers decided to build the western radial section, due to link up with the existing eastern section. The line’s Delovoi Tsentr-Park Pobedy section started operating in early 2014. The second section linking the Park Pobedy and Ramenki stations was completed in late 2016 and opened to passengers only today.

The third and fourth stages include the Ramenki-Solntsevo and Solntsevo-Rasskazovka sections, plus electric train maintenance facilities. In all, seven stations (Michurinsky Prospekt, Ochakovo, Govorovo, Solntsevo, Borovskoye Shosse, Novoperedelkino and Rasskazovka) will be located here.

The line’s new section will eventually merge with the existing Kalininskaya Line. Five kilometres of new track will link the Delovoi Tsentr and Tretyakovskaya stations. Three stations (Volkhonka, Plyushchikha and Dorogomilovskaya) will open along this section snaking through central Moscow.

Ambitious plans

Moscow leads the way in global metro development ratings, outpacing Beijing, Mexico City and Istanbul. The 2016 Price waterhouseCoopers survey ranked the Russian capital first in the transport and infrastructure category. And Moscow is second after Berlin in terms of railway transport density.

This year alone, there are plans to lay about 35 kilometres of metro line and build 18 metro stations, to open sections of the metro’s Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya and Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya lines, the first section of the Third Interchange Circuit, as well as Khovrino station on the Zamoskvoretskaya Line. Some stations are scheduled to open in 2018.

The city is to open 50 metro stations and build 120 kilometres of new lines over the next few years. Ultimately, 93 percent of city residents will be within walking distance of a metro station.