Five stations in the Third Interchange Circuit of Moscow Metro to open for passengers before the end of the year

Five stations in the Third Interchange Circuit of Moscow Metro to open for passengers before the end of the year
Photo: Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press Service. Yevgeny Samarin
The new section consists of five stations: Petrovsky Park, CSKA, Khoroshovskaya, Shelepikha and Delovoy Tsentr.

Sergei Sobyanin took part in the technical launch of the first section of the Third Interchange Circuit from the Delovoy Tsentr to the Petrovsky Park stations.

“The project to create a large underground circle in the Moscow Metro is becoming a reality. Today we have built the first section, from Petrovsky Park to Delovoy Tsentr,” the Moscow Mayor said. He said that trains will start running there in a few months, after startup and adjustment operations are completed.

Mr Sobyanin also said that each station in this section will serve between 200,000 and 300,000 passengers a day.

“It is part of a large project of the Third Interchange Circuit which will dramatically affect the Moscow transport infrastructure, relieve the metro radial lines, commuter trains and the operating Circle Line, and create new opportunities for public transit,” the Moscow Mayor said.  He pointed out that the large underground ring of Moscow Metro will be larger than the Moscow Central Circle, including in term of passenger traffic flow.

In addition, Sergei Sobyanin said that contractors will preserve Moscow Metro traditions: the stations should be both technically reliable and nice to look at. “The more so because our people actually use the metro every day, it is part of their lives,” the Moscow Mayor said. 

In two stages

The Third Interchange Circuit (TIC) will be a new large circle in the Moscow Metro. The line will be 66 kilometres long and consist of 31 stations. The expected passenger flow is over 650,000 people a day.

The construction of the TIC’s first section is taking place in two stages. The first stage was building the Delovoy Centr – Petrovsky Park, a section 10.5 kilometres long and consisting of the Petrovsky Park, CSKA, Khoroshovskaya, Shelepikha and Delovoy Tsentr stations. Now the construction of open-line tunnels and main structures at all the stations has been completed. Finishing works and startup and adjustment operations are coming to an end.

The second stage provides building the Nizhnyaya Maslovka station in 2018.

From avant-garde to sports themes

The Delovoy Centr station is built on the southern side of the station of the same name in the Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya Line. It is located inside the Moscow International Business Centre (Moscow City) which is visited by about 300,000 people a day. Exits from the station lead to the Afimall City retail and entertainment centre. Up to 340,000 passengers are expected to use the station a day.

The Shelepikha station is located to the north of Shmitovsky Proyezd and west of the MCC railways. Its expected passenger flow is 130,000 people a day. Shelepikha is a shallow level station with two rows of columns. Its interior is decorated in yellow and black colours, the floor is covered with granite and the walls are lined with marble.

Shelepikha will provide comfortable access to the existing and projected business and residential compounds in the Big City area (Shelepikhinskaya Embankment and Magistralnaya Street). In addition, the station will be part of the transit hub of the same name. Interchange between the TIC and the Moscow Central Circle will be there as well. The TIC and MCC stations will be connected by a pedestrian underpass.

The Khoroshovskaya station is located along the Khoroshovskoye Motorway where Kuusinen Street and 4th Magistralnaya Street adjoin it. The station will provide an interchange to the Polezhayevskaya station in the Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line. The expected passenger flow is 270,000 people a day.

The main feature of the decoration of the station is the purple marble facing the columns and part of the walls. It will be a reminder of the transfer to the Purple Line. The floor and walls are covered with pale grey granite and marble. The white light-reflecting suspended ceiling visually expands the station’s space.  

Khoroshovskaya is the first Moscow Metro station decorated in an avant-garde style. One of its entrance halls will be decorated with panel pictures depicting works by Kazimir Malevich and his followers – Alexander Rodchenko, Lubov Popova and Alexandra Ekster. The other one will be decorated with panels in the style of famous constructivists – the Vesnin brothers, Moisei Ginzburg, Ilya Golosov, Ivan Leonidov, Nikolai Ladovsky and Konstantin Melnikov.

The CSKA station will open in Khodynskoye Polye between Khodynsky Boulevard and the former runway of the Frunze Central Aerodrome. It will serve up to 120,000 passengers a day. The southern exit leads to the central entrance of a new park in Khodynskoye Field while the northern exit will lead to the Megasport sports palace.

CSKA is decorated in the colours of the CSKA sport club, red and blue. The ceiling will be decorated with pictures featuring various sports. The main attraction will be bronze statues of a skier, a basketball player, an ice hockey player and a footballer, all made at the Grekov Studio for War Paintings. At present the statues are being assembled and installed.

The Petrovsky Park station is located along Teatralnaya Alley and provides interchange to the Dynamo station in Zamoskvoretskaya Line. The expected passenger flow is 240,000 people a day.

The western exit leads to Leningradsky Prospekt and the eastern one to the Dynamo Stadium and Petrovsky Park. The entrance halls are equipped with escalators and lifts for disabled people.

The station is decorated in the colours white and green. The floor is covered with grey and black granite tiles, the walls with white marble and the torch-shaped columns with greyish-green marble. Now that the station’s construction is complete, Teatralnaya Alley Street will reopen for traffic. 

Comfortable trips

Opening the new section of the Third Interchange Circuit will improve transport services for the employees and guests of the Moscow City International Business Centre, as well as the residents of the Khoroshovsky, Aeroport, Presnensky and Savyolovsky districts.

In addition, Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya, Zamoskvoretskaya, Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya and Circle metro Lines will be partially relieved.

It will take less time to reach the Aviapark retail and entertainment centre, the CSKA and Dynamo stadiums and the National Centre for Contemporary Arts.

60 new stations

 In 2011-2017, metro contractors built 111.5 kilometres of new lines and 60 new stations, including:

Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya Line:

  • the Maryino – Zyablikovo section (three stations);
  • the Maryina Roshcha – Petrovsko-Razumovskaya section (three stations);
  • the second entrance hall of the Maryina Roshcha station;

Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya Line:

  • the Novogireyevo – Novokosino section (one station);
  • the Delovoy Tsentr – Ramenki section (five stations);


Zamoskvoretskaya Line:

  • the Krasnogvardeyskaya – Alma-Atinskaya section (one station);
  • the Tekhnopark station;

Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line:

  • the Mitino – Pyatnitskoye Shosse section (one station);


Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line:


  • the Vykhino – Kotelniki section (three stations);
  • the Spartak station;

Butovskaya Line:

  • the Ulitsa Starokachalovskaya – Bitsevsky Park section (two stations);


Sokolnicheskaya Line:

  • the Yugo-Zapadnaya – Salaryevo section (three stations);


The Third Interchange Circuit:

  • the Delovoy Tsentr – Petrovsky Park section (five stations).


In addition, 31 stations opened in the Moscow Central Circle and an additional entrance hall was built.