The Moscow Central Diameters (MCD), a fast and comfortable transport system, will link the capital with the Moscow Region as soon as next year, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin told TV Tsentr television channel.
“The first two diameters are to be completed in late 2019, and several more will be ready in the next three-four years,” he noted.
Passengers will be able to travel from Odintsovo to Lobnya and from Nakhabino to Podolsk with a standardised ticket sale system. Just like metro lines, the central diameters will be open from 5.30 am through 1 am, with peak-hour service intervals totalling only five-six minutes.
“Most of these diameters pass through the entire city. Earlier, local residents spent two hours on these routes, and travelling time will be reduced to 35-40 minutes after this project is completed,” Mr Sobyanin said.
Central diameters will make it possible to ease traffic on the Moscow Ring Road (MKAD) and on outbound routes. Moscow Region residents, now travelling to Moscow by car, will opt for trains. “The central diameters will offer the same fares as the metro. Passengers entering a central diameter station will walk right through it and use the entire city transport infrastructure,” Mr Sobyanin added.
The Moscow Central Circle (MCC) showcases effective efforts to upgrade the city’s railway system. The MCC carries about two million passengers annually, about the same number shuttling between Moscow and St Petersburg. Work is now underway to use the infrastructure, which was created during the Soviet-era, to the greatest possible extent. City authorities are now building new mainline capacity, modern stations and transit hubs.
Construction of metro lines and the Moscow Central Diameters is a difficult issue sometimes fraught with conflicts, Mr Sobyanin added. These works affect many city residents and passengers, and it is necessary to rearrange routes and utility mains, but there is no other way to solve the transport problem. “The cityscape and transport will not improve without construction works. People should put up with this for a while, and things will improve later on,” he added.
For example, there are plans to complete the Big Circle Line's Nizhnyaya Maslovka station before the year is out. Passengers using this station will be able to change to the Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya metro line, surface transport, and Moscow Railway's Savyolovo Line. “The Big Circle Line will make it possible to link dozens of city districts, will improve transport services for millions of people, and will essentially stabilise the load on the metro’s central section. This is a highly important project,” Mr Sobyanin concluded.