New metro line extension project towards Kommunarka approved

New metro line extension project towards Kommunarka approved
Photo: Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press Service. Denis Grishkin
There will be four stations on the new nine kilometre metro line extension: two underground, two on the surface. A new train maintenance facility will be built as well.

The Moscow Government approved the new metro line extension project towards Kommunarka. The Sokolnicheskaya (Red) Line will be extended south from Salaryevo station.

“The extension of the line from Salaryevo to Kommunarka is a very important project for New Moscow. There will be 11 more kilometres of the metro line and 4 new metro stations. This line will benefit hundreds of thousands of people who live in New Moscow and help the development of the adjacent areas,” Sergei Sobyanin said.

The new section of the line will mostly be above-ground.  It will run along the road that connects Solntsevo, Butovo and Vidnoye. The total length of the new section will be 11.6 kilometres, including the metro line itself at 9.4 kilometres and the access tracks - 2.2 more kilometres. There will be four more stations; the working titles are Filatov Lug, Prokshino, Olkhovaya and Stolbovo.

The first station, Filatov Lug, to be constructed above ground, will be located near the gardeners’ community of the same name near the road that connects Salaryevo, Moskovsky and Maryino and the road that connects Solntsevo, Butovo andVidnoye. The station will have one entrance hall on the east side integrated with a pedestrian overpass.

The Prokshino station will be near the village of the same name at the intersection of the Solntsevo-Butovo-Vidnoye road and the planned road for Mamyri, Penino and Sharapovo.  The station will also have one entrance hall on the west side integrated with a pedestrian overpass.

The Olkhovaya station will be underground; it will be in the middle of the Kommunarka administrative and business centre. Its only entrance hall will be integrated with an underground crosswalk.  

The last station, Stolbovo, will also be underground. It will be near Solntsevo-Butovo-Vidnoye Road and the Moscow Ring Road-Kommunarka- Ostafyevo airport motorway. The station will have two entrance halls; there will also be an interchange tunnel to the eponymous station of the other planned Ulitsa Novatorov-Stolbovo Line.

Thus, the Kommunarka administrative and business centre will have access to two metro lines. Passengers will be able to choose the fastest and the most convenient route. The passenger load is expect to be evenly split between the two.

New transit hubs will be built at Filatov Lug, Prokshino and Stolbovo stations. The transit hubs will have stations, turn around lanes, bus and tram stops.

A new train maintenance facility, Salaryevo, with a 2.2 kilometre long rail yard will be built to maintain Red Line trains and trains on the future Ulitsa Novatorov-Stolbovo Line.

This new metro extension will significantly improve the quality of transport services in rural towns of Moskovsky and Sosenskoye in the Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative areas.

“This project was developed as part of the general plan. It was coordinated and designed to improve transport accessibility for New Moscow residents – in such rural towns as Nikolo-Khovanskoye, Sosenskoye, Mamyri and Moskovsky,” said Yuliana Knyazhevskaya, chairperson of Moscow’s Committee for Architecture and Development. This line is to be completed by 2020, she added.

It is expected that up to 200,000 people will be living in this area and up to 190,000 people will be working there by 2020. Moreover, the new stations will provide residents of the Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative areas (about 660,000 people by 2020) with direct metro access, thus reducing the load on the Kaluzhskoye, Kievskoye and Varshavskoye motorways.

“I believe that the main part of the project will be over in 2019,” said the Mayor of Moscow.