New Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya Line stations to open in 2018
The Moscow Metro will open the first section of the Third Interchange Circuit between the Delovoi Tsentr and Petrovsky Park metro stations soon. This year, trains will also start running between the Ramenki and Rasskazovka stations on the metro’s Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya Line.
A new section of the metro’s Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya Line will open this year, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin told Radio Komsomolskaya Pravda live.
This is part of the city’s main transport infrastructure, he noted. Hundreds of thousands of city residents are waiting to see this construction project completed. Working conditions are difficult, with the line passing beneath the Moskva River, and there are also substantial elevations.
“We decided to implement this huge project, and we have already reached the Delovoi Tsentr, Park Pobedy and Ramenki stations. This year, we are set to open the new section to Rasskazovka,” Mr Sobyanin said.
When extended, the Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya Line will provide transit services to people in the Ochakovo, Troparyovo-Nikulino, Solntsevo and Novo-Peredelkino districts. It will also directly link the city’s western, southwestern and central districts without any interchanges.
The Third Interchange Circuit is to receive its first passengers in 2018. Metro trains will link the Petrovsky Park and Delovoi Tsentr stations. “I hope that we will launch this section in the next 30-45 days,” Mr Sobyanin said.
Although the city started launching and testing the new circle line long ago, it is hard to operate passenger trains here because the line needs to be integrated with the radial metro lines.
The 67-kilometre line is to be completed in 2020-2021 and will have 31 stations.
The Kozhukhovskaya Line will also be opened stage by stage. “The Kozhukhovskaya Line extending to Nekrasovka is a very difficult project. We will open some stations, but the line will not operate to full capacity because several more stations have to be built to fully integrate the line with the rest of the metro system so it doesn’t overload the current lines,” Mr Sobyanin said.
The Kozhukhovskaya Line will be over 17 kilometres long and will feature eight stations, including Nizhegorodskaya Ulitsa, Stakhanovskaya, Okskaya, Yugo-Vostochnaya, Kosino, Ulitsa Dmitriyevskogo, Lukhmanovskaya and Nekrasovka. Six of them will receive transit links/hubs.
The new metro line will make it possible to reroute passengers from the Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line and reduce trip times by 15-20 minutes. Once launched, the Kozhukhovskaya Line will make things much easier for people in the Nizhegorodsky, Ryazansky, Vykhino-Zhulebino, Kosino-Ukhtomsky, Nekrasovka, Tekstilshchiki and Kuzminki districts, as well those in the Moscow region’s city of Lyubertsy.
This year, the city will continue to extend the metro’s Sokolnicheskaya Line to Kommunarka in the Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative areas. “This is another major construction project, and several new stations will also be built. I hope that all the main work will be completed this year,” he added.
The city will focus on public transit development throughout 2018. We are trying to create favourable conditions for public transit passengers, to make it more convenient and efficient to use over private cars, he added.
“This is why we are doing so much work on the metro, upgrading the railways, expanding the surface transport system, replacing old trains and carriages with new ones, and establishing designated transit lanes and mainline routes in the central districts,” Mr Sobyanin explained.