Moscow metro builders have built 28 km of subway tunnels since the beginning of the year, said Andrey Bochkarev, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Urban Development Policy and Construction. “Now 18 tunnel boring shields are in active work. According to the plan for this year, we have to build 35 km of tunnels, and today we have already completed the excavation of 28 km,” Bochkarev told reporters. According to him, another 12 tunneling complexes are in reserve.
“Today there are enough special equipment to carry out the metro construction program, so we have no plans to acquire new complexes,” the deputy mayor explained.
Construction of the Rublyovo-Arkhangelskaya metro line begins
Bochkarev also said that preparations had begun in the capital for the construction of the Ulitsa Narodnogo Opolcheniya station of a new radial Rublevo-Arkhangelskaya metro line. “On the eastern section of the Ulitsa Narodnogo Opolcheniya metro station under construction on the Big Circle Line, we are starting to lay the station of the same name on the future Rublevo-Arkhangelskaya line. Already today, structures are being prepared to start work on its construction,” he said. According to him, parallel work is necessary to create in the future the most convenient and comfortable transfer between stations of different lines.
Earlier, Bochkarev reported that the Rublyovo-Arkhangelskaya metro line could be launched until 2027.
The new Rublevo-Arkhangelskaya metro line will connect the center of the capital and Rublevo-Arkhangelskoye (Kuntsevo district). It will house nine stations: Shelepikha, Presnya, Ulitsa Narodnogo Opolcheniya, Bulvar General Karbyshev, Zhivopisnaya, Strogino, Troitse-Lykovo, Rublevo-Arkhangelskoe and Ilyinskaya.
Ulitsa Narodnogo Opolcheniya station on the Big Ring metro to open this year
The deputy mayor said that it is planned to open the Ulitsa Narodnogo Opolcheniya station for passengers on the Big Circle Line (BCL) of the metro by the end of 2020. “Work at this station is being carried out in an intensive mode: construction and installation work is already being completed and the station is being equipped with utilities. By the end of the year, we plan to complete all work and launch the station,” Bochkarev said. He noted that ventilation and power supply systems are also being installed.
“Despite the difficulties that arose during the construction of this station, first of all with the release of the site, the construction of the station will be completed earlier than the standard time. Usually, such an object takes about four years, and we will build it much faster,” the deputy mayor explained.
Earlier it was reported that the Big Ring of the Moscow metro is planned to be closed in 2022.
The Big Ring Metro project is the largest in the history of Moscow metro construction. It is planned to build 31 stations at the BCL, the total length of the ring will be about 70 km. The BCL will connect all radial lines up to 10 km from the existing Circle Line.
Five new stopping points to open at MCD by the end of the year
In addition, Bochkarev said that it is planned to open five stopping points on the routes of the Moscow Central Diameters (MCD) by the end of this year. “Together with colleagues from Russian Railways, active work continues on the development of the Moscow Central Diameters: the reconstruction of existing and construction of new tracks, as well as the creation of new stopping points. It is planned to open five new stops by the end of this year,” Bochkarev said. According to him, new stations appear in areas of mass population of people, as well as near existing transport hubs.
“The construction of new stations and stopping points makes it possible to integrate the MCD into the general transport system of the city, linking it with other types of transport,” the deputy mayor explained.
MCD is a new transport system of the Moscow agglomeration. The routes will connect the territories of Moscow and the nearest Moscow region. Traffic on MCD-1 “Odintsovo-Lobnya” (“Belorussko-Savelovsky”) with a length of 52 km and MCD-2 “Nakhabino-Podolsk” (“Kursk-Rizhsky”) with a length of 80 km opened on November 21, 2019.