150 metro stations repaired in recent years

October 3, 2019

In recent years, 150 metro stations have been renovated. This makes more than half of all Moscow metro stations. Passenger areas, including lobbies and underpasses, have been improved.

'Many metro stations have not seen repair since their opening. Being rather dilapidated, they required replacement of stairs, floor and walls cladding, as well as utilities. We have adjusted metro entrances for people with limited mobility and installed up-to-date silent-running turnstiles. Lighting has improved, too: lamp bulbs have been replaced by LED energy-saving lamps', said Maxim Liksutov, Deputy Moscow Mayor, Head of the Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development.

Escalators have been replaced, with the lobbies restored on Prospekt Mira of the Circle Line, Baumanskaya,  Frunzenskaya, Sportivnaya and other metro stations.  Experts have carried out comprehensive work here, so the exteriors and interiors of the lobbies have finally regained their historical appearance.

A replica of the Abundance sculpture depicting a woman with a basket full of fruit was set up near the entrance to Prospekt Mira metro station.

Frunzenskaya metro station has now flooring and natural granite and marble walls restored. The lobby has its wooden door back, with lamps and wrought-iron lattice restored according to the original sketches.

Moreover, some more escalators have been mounted at Prospekt Mira, Baumanskaya, Frunzenskaya and Sportivnaya metro stations. Now there are four of them, instead of three. The lifts will carry by one third more passengers than before, with their upgraded mechanisms being safer, more advanced and more energy-saving than their predecessors.

In 2020 and 2021, escalators are to be replaced and lobbies restored at nine more stations, namely Novoslobodskaya, Smolenskaya, Rizhskaya, Universitet, Arbatskaya, Komsomolskaya, Krasnopresnenskaya, Alekseyevskaya and Shosse Entuziastov.

Photo: mos.ru. Maxim Denisov

Moscow metro entrances have also been upgraded. Some 160 wind and rain shelters have been installed and repaired at the stations. They prevent snow and water accumulation on the stairs leading to the Moscow metro. In winter, the passages are warm due to wind shelters, and in summer it is cool there, as there is no direct sunlight.

Soon, the construction of new shelters is to complete at Preobrazhenskaya Ploshchad, VDNKh, Ulitsa 1905 Goda, Voykovskaya and Botanichesky Sad metro stations. Their glass and metal structures perfectly fit into the urban space.

This year, over 30 Moscow metro and MCC stations will be improved before the opening of the Moscow Central Diameters (MDC), with some minor renovation done. In addition, the lightboxes (glowing station platform navigation signs) will be upgraded. They will be provided with pointers to find the transfer to the MCD. Granite and marble cladding used to decorate metro stations will be polished.

Trains are to start running along the first two diameters MCD-1 Odintsovo—Lobnya and MCD-2 Nakhabino— Podolsk-plan by the end of the year.

Source: mos.ru

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