There are plans to open about 35 kilometres of new metro lines and 16 stations in 2017, said Andrei Bochkaryov, Head of the City Department of Construction. “At its height, the Soviet Union opened 13 kilometres of metro lines annually,” he stressed.
Ten tunnel-boring machines are being used in metro projects, he said, five of them on the Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya Line between the Ramenki and Rasskazovka stations. Three more are operating on the Kozhukhovskaya Line, with two others working in the northeastern section of the Third Interchange Circuit.
“These tunnel-boring machines will help build about 27 kilometres of metro tunnels,” Mr. Bochkaryov said. And 4.5 kilometres are already complete.
This year, the city is to complete sections of the metro’s Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya and Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya Lines, the first section of the Third Interchange Circuit and the Khovrino station on the Zamoskvoretskaya Line. Three stations are to be built between the Petrovsko-Razumovskaya and Seligerskaya stations on the Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya Line. Seven stations will open between the Ramenki and Rasskazovka stations on the Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya Line. And the first section of the Third Interchange Circuit with five stations between the Delovoi Tsentr and Petrovsky Park stations is also scheduled to open. “In addition, we’ll finish the Solntsevo and Likhobory train maintenance facilities,” Mr. Bochkaryov noted.
Since early 2017, we have opened 7.2 kilometres of metro lines between the Park Pobedy and Ramenki stations, he recalled. “We are seeing the planned passenger traffic volumes, and 18,000-30,000 people used these stations in the first few days,” Mr. Bochkaryov noted.
The city has built 101 kilometres of new metro lines and 55 new stations on the Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya, Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya, Zamoskvoretskaya, Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya, Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya, Butovskaya and Sokolnicheskaya lines since 2011. And 31 stations opened on the Moscow Central Circle railway last year.
The city will continue to open new stations next year. The northeastern section of the Third Interchange Circuit between the Nizhegorodskaya Ulitsa and Rubtsovskaya stations will open. “Construction is underway along the entire section. We are planning to launch it and the Kozhukhovskaya Line in 2018,” Mr. Bochkaryov said.