Thousands of kilometres of roads and metro lines: Moscow’s changing transport systems

Thousands of kilometres of roads and metro lines: Moscow’s changing transport systems
Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press Service
The metro system will almost double in size from 2010 in the next few years, and the city is also building nearly 1,000 kilometres of new roads.

The city continues to build new transport systems that include 1,000 kilometres of metro and light-rail routes and nearly 2,000 kilometres of upgraded roads.

“This is Moscow’s new transport framework that will provide world-class transport services to city and Moscow Region residents,” Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin told TV Tsentr television.

In 2010, Moscow had about 300 kilometres of metro lines.

“We need to build an additional 300 kilometres through 2025. Many routes have already been completed or are under construction. The metro system will almost double in size,” Mr. Sobyanin said.

This transport system will be supplemented by 400 kilometres’ worth of Moscow central diameter cross-city railway routes. This planned mainline capacity is to offer the same fares and comfort levels as the metro. “We are basically building 1,000 kilometres of underground metro and light-rail lines,” Mr. Sobyanin explained.

Motorways are an important element of this transport framework. In the past few years, the city has built about 700 kilometres of roads, with the Federal Road Agency (Rosavtodor) building an additional 200-300 kilometres of radial routes. “In the next few years, we will build an additional thousand kilometres, including the Central Ring Road (TsKAD), the North-East Expressway, the Southern Expressway and the South-East Expressway,” he added.

Construction of the TsKAD and radial routes are key aspects of expanding the Moscow transport hub.

“TsKAD will considerably change the transport situation in the Moscow Region and Moscow,” Mr. Sobyanin noted.

This road will allow Moscow Region residents to shuttle between districts bypassing the Moscow Ring Road (MKAD), and lorries will no longer have to transit Moscow. Most works at TsKAD will be completed in 2019-2020.