Comfortable space for all: street improvement launched in the Kievsky Railway Station area

Comfortable space for all: street improvement launched in the Kievsky Railway Station area
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Streets, lanes and squares near Kievsky Railway Station will get a new look this year. Urban services have already launched a large-scale improvement and landscaping. They will not interfere with pedestrians or car drivers, as the grounds is not expected to be blocked off, with temporary traffic restrictions possibly introduced only in certain areas.

A comprehensive improvement and landscaping of streets and lanes around Kievsky Railway Station has started. It will cover Kievsky Public Garden, 2nd Bryansky Pereulok, Bryanskaya Street, Mozhaisky Val, Mozhaisky Pereulok, Kievskaya Street, Platovskaya Street, Rayevskogo Street, Studencheskaya Street, Dokhturovsky Pereulok, Rezervny Proyezd, 6th Mozhaisky Pereulok, Dunaevskogo Street, Kutuzovskogo Pereulok, 1st Mozhaisky Blind Alley, Bolshaya Dorogomilovskaya Street, Smolenskaya Street, Smolenskaya Square and Kievskaya Square.

The total length of streets and lanes is 18 km, with the total area under improvement being about 47.5 ha.

"Workers are already completing water supply network reconstruction in these streets, there is a construction site and a construction town arranged; areas under improvement have been separated by a special fence with warning lights visible in the dark. In the near future, temporary signs are to be installed for drivers to warn them about the repair in progress, and there will be a bypass for pedestrians," said Moscow’s Capital Repairs Directorate, and added that there will be no street block-offs, only some of traffic lanes will be closed. At the same time, the vehicle and pedestrian passage will be still available.

"The main idea of the improvement of the area around Kievsky Railway Station is to create a comfortable urban space for pedestrians with new points of attraction, while maintaining its transit function," Moscow’s Capital Repairs Directorate explained.

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Currently, the Kievsky Railway Station area is a major social and business activity centre. Despite the existing recreation areas in the public gardens and on the embankments, it has purely transit and business functions. Inconvenient narrow sidewalks, poor lighting, uncontrolled intersections are the major issues of the area. In addition, it is very noisy and there is no enough greenery in the streets and lanes near Kievsky Railway Station.

As part of the large-scale improvement and landscaping, all air cable lines will be placed under ground into a special canal. In addition, 13 bus stop shelters and about 1,500 energy-saving streetlights will be arranged, supplemented by comfortable benches and trash bins.

The work will be completed this autumn with greenery planting. The area of 96,000 sq m will have lawns, hundreds of trees and shrubs planted along the streets and around squares.

The concept of streets, squares and lanes transformation in the area of Kievsky Railway Station has been discussed with Moscow citizens. A number of their proposals formed the basis of the project.