The Moscow Metro has prepared a New Year present for its passengers. The city has recently opened a skating rink at the Moscow Central Circle (MCC) Ploshchad Gagarina station, and a Christmas tree exhibition at Vorobyovy Gory station. At all Live Help desks, the Moscow Metro has installed mail boxes, which passengers will be able to use to send letters to Father Frost and their loved ones. These campaigns were launched on 28 December.
A skating rink made from synthetic ice has recently opened in the passage between Ploshchad Gagarina MCC station and Leninsky Prospekt metro station. This venue was chosen for a reason, said Roman Latypov, First Deputy of the Moscow Metro Department for Strategic Development and Customer Service. It meets all safety standards: it is easy to monitor the entire venue with the help of security cameras, plus the skating rink does not get in the passengers’ way.
At the new skating rink with the total area of 200 square metres, passengers will be able to either rent skates or bring their own. “Passengers will be able to use the renting station and the skating rink free of charge,” Latypov said. “We hope that our passengers will enjoy this present and will be making great use of it during the winter holidays.”
The venue’s safety will be monitored by an administrator and security officers. The skating rink will be open daily from 10 am to 10 pm. On 31 December, the venue will close at 9 pm, and on 1 January, it will open at 11 am. In case there will be too many passengers wishing to skate, those in charge will introduce skating time restrictions.
The rental station and lockers can be found near the skating rink. The rental station offers skates for both males and females in sizes 26 to 45.Skaters are required to have their passports on them in order to rent a pair of skates.
Moreover, there will also be performances by figure skaters and lessons given by professional coaches.
The skating rink and the Christmas tree exhibition will remain open until 10 January.
Moreover, the city has also installed two different mailboxes at every Live Help desk (13 desks can be found at Moscow Metro stations, while 5 others can be found at MCC stations). Using one of these mailboxes, passengers will be able to send letters to Father Frost in Velikyi Ustyug, while using the other, they will be able to congratulate their loved ones on the New Year.
Employees at Live Help desks and Moscow Metro ticket offices will greet passengers in festive hats wearing New Year pins on their uniforms. Decorations on the ticket offices, as well as over 30 Christmas trees installed at metro stations will contribute to the festive atmosphere. At MCC’s Kutuzovskaya station, passengers will be able to decorate a Christmas tree themselves.
The time before winter holidays is a special time for the Moscow Metro. Not only its workers launch festive campaigns for passengers – they also launch themed trains. One such trains, Journey to Christmas, was launched on the Moscow Metro Circle Line on 21 December. On 25 December, another train was launched on the same line. These trains are expected to have carried about one and a half million people this month alone.