Sergei Sobyanin: 2018 will go down in history as the Year of the Metro

Sergei Sobyanin: 2018 will go down in history as the Year of the Metro
The total length of metro lines increased by 33 km last year. Seventeen new stations were opened and three depots were built, which is a record for the Moscow Metro.

Last year will go down in Moscow history as the Year of the Metro, Sergei Sobyanin said at a reporting event of the Moscow Urban Development and Construction Complex (Stroikompleks) that covered past results and tasks for the future.

“However, this is not a victory of one year or one day. It was preceded by huge preparations during previous years. In addition, we are of course talking here not only about 17 stations but about 70, including the Moscow Central Circle,” the Mayor said.

The Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya Line was extended from Michurinsky Prospekt to Rasskazovka station. The 15.3-kilometre section includes seven new stations. Belomorskaya station was opened on the Zamoskvoretskaya Line. Three stations were opened on the Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya Line, in the section between Petrovsko-Razumovskaya and Seligerskaya. The first segment of the Big Circle Line was opened to connect Delovoi Tsentr first with Petrovsky Park (with an interchange to Dinamo) and then with Savyolovskaya station.

Thanks to the opening of new stations, thousands of residents from Solntsevo, Novo-Peredelkino, Beskudnikovo and Khovrino now spend less time commuting.

Since 2011, the total length of the metro lines has increased by 45 percent. Some 136.6 km of tracks, 73 stations (including the MCC) and nine depots were built.

“We plan to build 50 more stations in the next five years,” Sergei Sobyanin said.

According to Deputy Mayor for Urban Development and Construction Marat Khusnullin, the main task is to close the Big Circle Line. “In 2019, not only do we have to start building it but we need to finish around 30 percent of the circle.”

The Big Circle Line will improve transport access for 34 Moscow districts where 3 million people live.

Construction of new lines will continue. New stations will open in Kommunarka and Nekrasovka. The lines to be extended include Sokolnicheskaya, Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya, Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya and Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya lines. The latter will stretch to Golyanovo.

It is planned to build 134 km metro lines, 55 stations and seven depots before 2023.

Railway transport development

Railway communications have also seen great success. Some 52.7 km of railway tracks were built and repaired over the past year. Five stations were renovated: Okruzhnaya (Savyolovskoye Line), Novokhokhlovskaya (Kurskoye Line), Leningradskaya (Rizhskoye Line), Karacharovo (Gorkovskoye Line) and Verkhniye Kotly (Paveletskoye Line).

“We have always thought that the city needs the metro while railways have little to do with urban life. This idea is starting to change dramatically,” Sergei Sobyanin noted.

For example, the Moscow Central Diameters large-scale project is in development. It is planned that the first two diameters will open in 2019 and 2020. They are MCD-1 Odintsovo to Lobnya and MCD-2 Nakhabino to Podolsk.

“We are carrying out this massive project that will provide hundreds of kilometres of what is basically an overground railway,” the Mayor said.

The work will continue on the railway infrastructure in the city and on the MCC. For example, currently under construction are Khovrino-2 of the Leningradskoye Line of the Oktyabrskaya Railway, as well as Minskaya, Aminyevskoye Shosse and Sanino of the Kievskoye Line of the Moscow Railway. The railway platforms at Severyanin (Yaroslavskoye Line) and NATI (Leningradskoye Line of the Oktyabrskaya Railway) are being integrated with the Moscow Central Circle.