There are plans to complete the main work on the Big Circle Line (BCL), put into service several MCD routes, which are to operate as light rail systems, and also to open major transport hubs, said Sergei Sobyanin live on TV Tsentr channel.
“By 2023, we will be able to implement the main part of this programme, although it is a super-ambitious task. The metro lines, including the Moscow central diameters, Moscow Central Circle (MCC) and the underground metro, will be about 1,000 km long. And we started with 300 km,” he said.
According to the Moscow Mayor, the Belomorskaya station will open on the Zamoskvoretskaya Line before the end of the year. And the city will have a total of 35 new stations within the next five years.
Meanwhile, Moscow has already broken the Soviet record for metro building. Since the beginning of the year, 15 stations, 32 km of new lines and two maintenance depots have been commissioned.
Convenient interchange stations and routes to suburbs: What the Big Circle Line will look like
After it opens, the BCL might turn out to be the biggest circle line in the world, with a length of almost 70 km. To date, Beijing metro circle line is deemed the largest at 57 km. The BCL will have 31 stations, 19 of them being interchange stations where passengers can transfer between metro lines, Moscow Central Circle and commuter trains.
The first BCL segment in the north-west was put into operation last February. It has five stations: Petrovsky Park, CSKA, Khoroshovskaya, Shelepikha and Delovoi Tsentr.
Road to the north
Three more stations are to be added to the Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya Line. Two of them — Ulitsa 800-letiya Moskvy and Lianozovo — will be in place by 2022 and later, residents in the Severny District will have a metro station within walking distance.
A new line is to be built from the MCC to the Troitsk and Novomoskovsk Administrative Area. So far, a 22-km section from Ulitsa Novatorov to Stolbovo, with ten stations, has been approved. However, plans are already being drawn up for the extension of the line to Desyonovskoye town and Troitsk . About 400,000-450,000 Moscow residents will have a metro station nearby.
Light rail lines
Work is also underway on the Moscow central diameters. The trains are expected to run there like on the MCC.
Two first diameters — from Odintsovo to Lobnya and from Nakhabino to Podolsk — are scheduled to be launched between the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020.