The Big Circle Line is now the main development project of the Moscow Metro, according to Marat Khusnullin, Deputy Mayor for Urban Development and Construction.
“The first leg, 10 km and five stations, is already operating,” Khusnullin said.
He added that the construction is in progress across the entire Big Circle Line, particularly, the northeastern section and Stromynka Station. It is expected the section will open in 2021.
The deputy mayor noted that the Big Circle Line will allow building radial lines. “One of the most important directions is the Kozhukhovskaya Line. As soon as 2019, it will fully operate between Nekrasovka Station and Aviamotornaya Station and between Aviamotornaya Station and Nizhegorodskaya Ulitsa Station.
Marat Khusnullin said that the trial operation of the Nekrasovka to Kosino section will begin this autumn and by the end of the year the stations will open for passengers. In 2019, construction of the Kosino to Aviamotornaya section will start.
The Big Circle Line will be 67 km long and include 31 stations, with transfers to other metro stations and the Moscow Central Circle. It is expected that the line will be finished in 2021 or 2022 and that, once in full operation, the line will carry up to 380 million passengers per year.
The Kozhukhovskaya Line will significantly improve the transit in the Nizhegorodsky, Ryazansky, Vykhino-Zhulebino and Kosino-Ukhtomsky areas as well as in Lyubertsy in the Moscow Region. The new section will be launched in two stages. The section between Nekrasovka to Kosino will be finished in 2018, to be later extended to Nizhegorodskaya Ulitsa in 2019 that will thus connect it to the Big Circle Line.