The number of road accidents in Moscow decreased 20 percent in early 2017, Head of the city’s Traffic Management Centre Vadim Yuryev said.
In 2017, the traffic police and the transport authorities have, statistically, saved 26 lives and 325 serious injuries due to the improvements.
Discipline and security
“According to the Moscow traffic police, in the three months of 2017, the number of traffic accidents has gone down 20 percent against the same period last year. We’ve seen more careful driving, and fewer accidents are being reported each year. This is the important side of driving discipline, which helps make city traffic safer and more comfortable,’ Mr Yuryev said.
According to him, safer roads are a result of rethinking some surface transport patterns, and the introduction of an integrated road traffic system. The latter has meant more car parks, including taxi parking, additional traffic signs, one-way traffic on several streets, right-turn lanes, lay-bys, reconfigured traffic lights and relocated stops, and other changes.
Pit stop for reckless drivers and street racers
The Pit Stop system has proved efficient on Moscow roads. The system operates non-stop and will detect a vehicle, which surpassed the allowed speed by 60 kph, and report it to the nearest traffic police unit, who will then stop it and cite the driver. The offender may face the maximum penalty of a one-year licence suspension.
‘If someone is doing 150-170 kph, they need to be stopped. We can have that driver’s licence suspended in court. Last weekend we caught a reckless driver who was speeding at 200 kph,’ Mr Yuryev said. He added that the system had assisted in bringing 14 speeding cases to Moscow courts.
Traffic blocks in central Moscow
The Moscow street improvement (sidewalk reconstruction) programme may result in more traffic congestion during the morning and evening peak hours, especially on the Boulevard Ring, the Garden Ring and the Third Ring Road, Vadim Yuryev said.
He called on Muscovites to use public transit more often and to avoid passing through the city centre by car. According to Mr Yuryev, the improvement effort will cover 52,700 metres of streets or a 40-percent increase from last year. ‘Work will be conducted during peak traffic periods. As the load on nearby streets will increase, the traffic management centre projects 9 to 10 point congestion in the centre of Moscow during the morning and evening rush hours,’ he said.
The situation will not improve before mid-June, when the vacation season begins, Mr Yuryev said.
Confederations Cup: Temporary lane for fans
Moscow is to host the FIFA Confederations Cup this summer, Mr Yuryev said. Matches will take place in Moscow, St Petersburg, Sochi and Kazan from 17 June through 2 July.
According to the Head of the Traffic Management Centre, a designated bus lane will be introduced on Volokolamskoye Motorway, where Otkrytiye Arena Stadium is located, during the championships.
‘The temporary lane will benefit buses full of fans,’ Vadim Yuryev said. A transport management system is a mandatory FIFA requirement for the Confederations Cup, he added.