Moscow’s positive achievements in 2020

January 13
Construction and renovation

The COVID-19 pandemic and related countermeasures became the main events of 2020. However, local residents also recall some positive developments, achievements and victories. The city opened new schools, metro stations and Moscow Central Diameters rail routes, launched the programme of overhauling outpatient clinics and increased the number of innovation companies, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin wrote in his blog.

New metro line, modern trains and MCD stations

In early 2020, the city fully opened the metro’s Nekrasovskaya Line. The new line allows people in the Nizhegorodsky and Ryazansky districts, Vykhino-Zhulebino, Kosino-Ukhtomsky, Nekrasovka, Tekstilshchiki, Kuzminki, and Lyubertsy outside Moscow and other Moscow Region cities to reach central Moscow more quickly. Over 30 million passengers have used the new line so far.

The metro has also received the new Moskva-2020 trains which already carry passengers on the Circle and Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya lines.

“In the next few years, the Moscow Metro will receive over 1,000 new-generation Moskva-2020 carriages. New trains will account for 80 percent of the metro’s rolling stock. The capital of Russia will have the newest trains, when compared with European and US metro systems,” Mayor Sergei Sobyanin wrote in his blog. 

2020 was an impressive period for the Moscow Central Diameters project, the city’s new cross-city rail lines. In all, 15 new and upgraded stations opened on current and future lines. They look like small suburban railway stations with awnings overhanging their platforms; the new passenger terminals feature escalators and lifts.

Motorways and waterways

Last year, the city built 23 structural elements, 22 pedestrian crossings and 115 km of roads, including its 24th outbound motorway called Generala Dorokhova Prospekt. A highway interchange appeared at the intersection of Volokolamskoye Motorway and the Moscow Ring Road (MKAD). An overpass also spans the Moscow Central Circle railway linking the Prud-Klyuchiki and 1st Frezernaya streets. The city received many other facilities.

In the past ten years, large-scale road construction has reduced congestion by 18 percent, and average trip durations are down by nine minutes.

The upgraded and beautiful Northern River Terminal opened last year; this became a landmark event in the history of the city’s water transport system. Built in the 1930s, the facility fulfils its designated functions once again.

“In just over two months of the passenger navigation season (September-November 2020), about 1,400 boats and small ships departed from the Northern River Terminal. The most popular destinations include Plyos, Uglich, Tver and St Petersburg.  Sightseeing boats carried over 70,000 people,” Mr Sobyanin noted. 

The terminal accommodates a Moscow Transport Museum exhibit. An embankment and a park are nearby. All this serves as yet another popular facility for outdoor leisure lovers.

Health, entertainment, new housing

In 2020, Moscow opened a large amusement park called Dream Island. This project took a long time to implement. The park’s most popular rides include Tunnel Flight, Fate’s Hammer, Fire Temple and Summer School.

In 2020, the city continued to upgrade the healthcare system despite of or because of the pandemic. A large-scale programme to overhaul the city’s outpatient clinics was launched. In the next few years, there are plans to renovate 137 buildings, most of which are at least 50 years old.

“Apart from new walls and utility lines, the buildings will offer new comfort levels for patients and medical personnel. They will be user-friendly and will feature lounges and reception areas, easy-to-understand signage and comfortable doctors’ offices,” Mr Sobyanin noted.

The following outpatient clinics for children, No. 140 (Branch 1) in Severnoye  Tushino, No. 98 (Branch 2) in Yuzhnoye Chertanovo and No. 38 (Branch 2) in the Arbat District, received their first patients in late December.

The city continued to implement its housing relocation programme throughout 2020. Several thousand city residents received new flats in the past 12 months.

Russpass: Moscow ready for a new tourist season

Although the tourist industry did not fare very well in 2020, the city launched its Russpass digital tourism service allowing travellers to plan cultural, educational or entertainment trips all over town and in other Russian regions.

“It is possible to choose ready-made routes or to plan a new, unique one, to make hotel reservations, to buy train or air tickets and to study tourist offers from 56 Russian regions. The service now offers about 1,000 tours, destinations and custom-designed routes. This number will increase after the pandemic subsides and restrictions are lifted,” Mr Sobyanin wrote.

The city’s tourist industry will resume. The situation seems optimistic because Moscow has received the prestigious World Travel Award in the World's Leading City Destination review for the second consecutive year.

Photo by Yulia Ivanko, Mos.ru

Innovative Moscow

The Moscow Innovation Cluster of tech centres received new life last year facilitating cooperation between high-tech companies. Over 19,000 organisations from Moscow and other Russian regions have registered on the platform. 

The Moscow Accelerator, a new Moscow Innovation Cluster service for training and improving startups has attracted many new projects. Biomedtech, a popular track, supports startups in digital medicine, laboratory diagnostics, biomedical pharmacology and biotechnology. 

The Talking City radio information and sound navigation system, which has been tested at pilot sites, helps people with impaired vision and other disabilities to find their bearings in the city.

“We are developing the first prototype Russian racing car for circuit races,” Mr Sobyanin wrote in his blog.

Local companies and regional organisations all profit from the Moscow Innovative Cluster. For example, over 100 garment plants from St Petersburg, Chuvashia, Udmurtia, as well as the Moscow, Sverdlovsk, Oryol and other regions, use the production contracts exchange.  

Source: mos.ru

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