Timed to coincide with this year’s FIFA Confederations Cup, hosted by Russia, Moscow metro staff will get new uniforms. Football fans from all over the world will be flocking this summer to the Russian capital to see this event.
“The uniform is something every metro employee takes pride in and is responsible for. A neat and tidy uniform makes the staff look trustworthy and also contributes to giving a positive image to the organisation,” head of the Moscow metro Dmitry Pegov said.
The first members of staff to wear the new uniforms will be those who have direct contact with passengers: train drivers, duty staff and security inspectors. Metro employees will receive shirts and jackets, summer and winter waist-coats and jackets, coats, trousers, and also skirts, ties, headwear, shirts with long and short sleeves, epaulettes and scarves. The Moscow metro is expected to receive over 300,000 garments by the end of 2018.
The Moscow metro press service said that the new uniform completely fits in with the whole style of the metro. It is comfortable, easy to wash and dries quickly. The clothes are made out of blue and red material, and include the metro logo.
As part of the preparations for the football events, the FIFA Confederations Cup and the World Cup, 650 metro staff are taking English lessons. By the summer, special ticket offices for visitors will open at all the circle line stations. One of the ticket offices at each station will be marked with a bright sticker to notify tourists and football fans that the cashier speaks English.
In another effort to make it easier for tourists to move around the city, railway stations and airports will have mobile information desks with English-speaking volunteers who can recommend the best way to get from A to B. This doesn’t necessarily have to be by public transport, sometimes it might be easier to walk.
Football fans and volunteers will get free tickets to get them to the Confederations Cup and World Cup venues. In order to get a free ticket, they will have to produce a football fan passport or a match ticket.
The first match of the upcoming Confederations Cup will take place at the Krestovsky Island in St Petersburg on 17 June, Russia vs. New Zealand. In Moscow, the Spartak stadium will host four Confederations Cup events. On 18 June, these will be Chile vs. Cameroon followed by Russia vs. Portugal on 21 June, Australia vs. Cameroon on 25 June, and a match for the third place on 2 July.