Moscow to remain focused on metro, road construction and the housing relocation programme

January 4
Construction and renovation

The pandemic has not altered Moscow’s plans. Over the past year, seven metro stations opened in Russia’s capital, with Elektrozavodskaya station opening on New Year’s Eve. In addition, the city upgraded almost 50 kilometres of railway lines, and approved integrated district development plans under the housing relocation programme. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin summed up 2020’s results in an interview with Rossiya 1 television channel. Transport infrastructure development remains high on the city’s agenda.

“Due to the pandemic, construction had to be halted for about a month in Moscow, but metro construction carried on. This year, we built almost 20 kilometres of rail, and completed 92 percent of the Big Circle Line, which would be the longest metro line in the world,” the Moscow Mayor pointed out.

Efforts to extend the Solntsevskaya Line to Vnukovo and the Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya Line to Severny District continue. There is also a new metro line under construction linking Krymskaya station on the Moscow Central Circle to Troitsk, as well as plans to build the Rublyovo-Arkhangelskaya Line and extend the metro lines to Biryulyovo and Shcherbinka.

“This year, spending on railway construction and upgrades reached a new all-time high. We built almost 50 kilometres of new railway lines, as well as 15 modern station buildings for existing and future Moscow Central Diameters,” Sergei Sobyanin said.

This effort included adding new tracks to the Yaroslavskaya railway line, as well as developing the Moscow Central Diameter 3 (MCD-3) Leningradsko-Kazansky Line. At least 10 new stations are expected to be built.

“In 2020, we built over 100 kilometres of roads and interchanges, including the Generala Dorokhova Prospekt, and a number of other important structures, including an interchange on the Volokolamskoye Motorway. In 2021, we will focus on the Southern Expressway, the South-East Expressway and the North-East Expressway. These are the major roads the city needs,” Mr Sobyanin went on to say.

Turning to district development, the Moscow Mayor said that the housing relocation programme remains a key priority. In 2020, the city built 80 apartment blocks, with another 170 currently under construction. The neighbourhoods covered by the programme will receive quality infrastructure, including improved roads, new social facilities and improved public spaces.

“In 2020, together with Moscow residents, we completed almost all urban development plans as part of the housing relocation programme and adopted its schedule until 2032,” Mr Sobyanin noted.

The housing relocation programme covers 5,175 buildings, and 472 sites have been selected to get housing construction off the ground. Moscow residents will get comfort-class apartments in accordance with the unified standards governing the relocation programme.


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