Short cuts: City changes with Moscow Central Diametres

Short cuts: City changes with Moscow Central Diametres
Comfortable trains, no traffic jams and one standardised payment system. Conclusion: Commuter comfort. Read on to find out more about the Moscow Central Diametres.

Moscow’s transport system will improve drastically by 2023. The total length of the local metro lines and railways, due to serve as improvised light-railway systems, will reach about 1,000 kilometres in Moscow and just outside the city.

As of 1 August, pensioners and those on social benefits will not have to pay on commuter trains in Moscow and the Moscow Region. This concerns 2.8 million people, including 1.6 million city residents and 1.2 million people in the Moscow Region.

The first two Moscow Central Diametres are to be launched next year, expanding the city’s railways. Read more about the gist of this project and its significance for the city.

Mathematics don’t lie

School-level geometry implies that a straight line is the shortest route between two locations. Diametres are also the best option for shuttling between various points on a circle.

The Moscow Central Diametres, due to link various Moscow Railway and metro lines and the Moscow Central Circle, hinge on this main principle. The city will therefore receive a straight-through public transit system.

Passengers, including even those from cities outside Moscow, will be able to cross the capital in 40 minutes, without having to change from one line to another. This will make life a lot easier for people as at present it takes over 90 minutes to cover these routes.

When implemented, this project will yield an impressive economic effect, with passengers no longer changing from station to station on the metro’s Circle Line. Reduced outbound and inbound vehicle traffic will help eliminate traffic jams and it will be much easier to travel all over the city.

Therefore 8.1 million passengers, including 5.8 million people in Moscow and 2.3 commuters from the Moscow Region, will waste less time shuttling from district to district.

Trains about to take off

There are plans to launch the first two MCD routes in 2019, linking Odintsovo and Lobnya, as well as Nakhabino and Podolsk. The first diametre will provide 12 links with metro stations and radial railways, and the second one will offer 15 links.

The following six diametres are to start operating in the next few years:

MCD-1: Odintsovo-Lobnya

MCD-2: Nakhabino-Podolsk

MCD-3: Zelenograd-Ramenskoye

MCD-4: Korolyov-Aprelevka

MCD-5: Nakhabino-Zheleznodorozhny

MCD-6: Pushkino-Podolsk.

The Moscow Central Diametres will have modern Ivolga (Oriole) trains and each will be fitted out with Wi-Fi and WCs, as well as bicycle racks inside the front carriages. At first, MCD trains will use the same tracks as the commuter trains. However, this temporary solution will eventually be discarded, and these trains are expected to get their own tracks.

According to preliminary estimates, about 90 million passengers will use the first two diametres every 12 months or nearly 246,000 people daily.


Passengers using the new routes will be serviced in line with special standards. This document lists specific requirements for trains, due to go along these routes, their maintenance and operations, as well as the frequency of cleaning the trains, stations and platforms and maintenance deadlines regarding the diametres’ passenger infrastructure.

Surface, underground trains to supplement each other

The Moscow Central Diametres will act as another “stiffener” for the capital’s transport framework. The integral system will merge with other transport systems, guaranteeing uninterrupted passenger traffic.

The new diametres will have 211 stations, and intervals between trains during rush hour will not be more than five-six minutes, matching those on the MCC. The new transport system will use the same tickets and passengers will reap the same benefits as from the metro.

Its trains will operate from 5.30 am until 1 am so passengers will be able to easily catch their last trains.

Another plus point with the Moscow Central Diametres will be that there will not be any maintenance work done during the day. Just like with the metro such things will be done exclusively at night.

Fares on the diametres and the MCC will be the same and there will be a combined navigation system.