New railway lines and passenger pavilion opened at Belorussky Railway Station

October 8, 2019

A new suburban pavilion and extra railway platforms opened at Belorussky Railway Station as part of the hub's preparation for the launch of the Moscow Central Diameters.

'We keep working hard to launch, as promised, two central diameters — MCD-1 and MCD-2 ― by the end of the year. Together with Russian Railways and our colleagues from the Moscow Region Government, we have approved new tariffs to reduce the travel fare by 50 to 75%. This is a very important decision. Our colleagues are currently testing new Ivolga trains to run MCDs. Extensive technological infrastructure upgrade and landscaping are in full swing now. And here, at Belorussky Railway Station, our colleagues opened two platforms, very important for MCD launch on this line,' Sergei Sobyanin said.

Belorussky Railway Station is the terminus of the Moscow Railway’s Smolensk line. It has six passenger platforms and 11 railway lines. Seven of them are dead-end tracks, with four transit ones linking the station with Savyolovka and Kursk Moscow Railway lines.

Daily, 23 long-distance passenger, five Lastochka, 39 Aeroexpress and 158 electric train pairs arrive at Belorussky Railway Station, including 19 express Moscow — Usovo and 27 express Moscow — Odintsovo train pairs.

In a few months, Belorussky Railway Station will become one of the most popular stations of MCD-1, the first surface metro line to link Odintsovo and Lobnya.

 After MCDs' launch, the traffic of Moscow railway trains will grow much more intense. In order to avoid overloading the existing infrastructure, Russian Railways built two extra platforms and four dead-end tracks at Belorussky Railway Station in April — October 2019. There was a standalone suburban pavilion covering 426 sq m built here, with ticket offices and vending machines, turnstiles, electronic information boards, ticket inspector rooms and other facilities. You can use the pavilion to get to Tverskaya Zastava Square and Gruzinsky Val Street bypassing the old building of Belorussky Railway Station.

'We have never had such a good experience of interaction between Moscow Railways JSC and the city authorities, since each system usually tends to take into account only its own concerns. Here, in Moscow, we have a unique experience of cooperation of the city, transport agencies and Russian Railways. At the same time, railways are growing more and more popular, becoming an urban mode of transport, and that means convenience. Moscow sets special convenience and comfort standards. We have a new rolling stock and new lines. Two new platforms and four tracks open here today. This enables us to improve technical conditions, too. We transfer trains to a new point to secure more intense MCD traffic. We are developing digital technology, and all related services, and this gives us an opportunity to work together with Moscow,' told Oleg Belozyorov, Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways JSC.

From 2 October 2019, 45 electric train pairs to Usovo and Odintsovo will run on the new tracks. Over time, transit ways are to be used for servicing MCD-1 trains.

In 2018-2019, the third and fourth main tracks were built on the Moscow— Odintsovo section of the Smolensk railway line, which significantly increased the intensity of commuter trains with reduced headway of up to 3.5 min during rush hour.

Over the first nine months of 2019, the average daily passenger traffic on the Smolensk line has increased by 3.5% with 142,000 passengers per day. Passenger traffic of Express trains (7000-th numbering) for the same period exceeded 8,700 passengers per day (plus 39.7%). Rush hour train loading has dropped from 160 to 147%.

In the coming years, it is expected to complete the construction of a connecting line between the southern and northern terminals of Sheremetyevo International Airport to make Belorussky Railway Station more attractive for passengers travelling to Sheremetyevo by Aeroexpress trains.

MCD, a new surface Moscow metro

Moscow Central Diameters are a joint project of the Ministry of Transport of Russia, the Moscow Government, the Moscow Region Government and Moscow Railway JSC. Surface metro diameters passing through the central part of the city are to link Moscow with the settlements of the near Moscow region to make public transport trips for millions of the agglomeration much easier.

‘Today the railway is not a self-contained system, distant for the city. This is part of the transport infrastructure that serves millions of Muscovites,' Sergei Sobyanin said.

Currently, the project provides for five diameters, with a total of 375 km of tracks and 186 stations. This will improve transport services for 9.6 million people — 6.9 million Muscovites and 2.7 million residents of 17 Moscow region cities. MCDs' passenger traffic is expected to be more than 300 million people a year, with the load on the existing transport infrastructure of Moscow to reduce by 10-12%.

MCD stations will be open from 05:30 am to 01:00 am, with trains running without track possession.

The MCDs will employ specialists of the Passenger Mobility Centre. There will be a unified navigation marking: D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, a unified lost and found database, and a consustent corporate style of communication with passengers.

First diameters

At the end of the year, diameters D1 Belorussko-Savyolovsky (Odintsovo — Lobnya) and D2 Kursko-Rizhskaya (Nakhabino — Podolsk) are expected to open to the public.

In total, there will be 132 km of tracks, 57 stations, as well as 19 transfers to the metro, MCC and radial railway lines. Soon, the number of stations will increased to 66, with 27 transfers.

At the first stage, 39 Ivolga trains (together with electric trains) are expected to run the diameters, with 28 trains already placed in the depot. In total, the MCDs will have more than 900,000 new passenger seats per day, with 5 to 6 min headways during rush hours.

First MCDs will improve transport services for more than 3.7 million people living in 45 districts of Moscow and six cities of the Moscow region. Prospective passenger traffic on D1 and D2 will exceed 90 million people per year.

There will be more than 30 intercept parking lots at MCD stations, with some 80 pedestrian crossings landscaped, and about 50 surface transport routes changed.

Passengers will be able to pay travel fare on MCD trains by Troika Travel Card, bank cards with PayPass and PayWave or smartphones with NFC, both in ticket offices and right at the turnstiles.

Like with the Moscow Central Circle, the transfer from MCD to the metro will be free. Thanks to the new tariff system, Muscovites will save up to 50% on trips every day, and residents of the Moscow region will save up to 75% when travelling within MCD boundaries.

MCD-1 and MCD-2 will have three tariff zones: Central, Prigorod and Dalnyaya.

So, Central zone will cover Mark — Setun and Ostafyevo-Volokolamskaya stations. The cost of a single trip will be the same as for other types of Moscow public transport: at the rate of Wallet tariff by Troika Travel Card or the cost of travel of other types of tickets that can be added to Troika. In 2019, the Wallet fare is RUB 38.

Prigorod zone will run outside Mark — Setun and Volokolamskaya — Ostafyevo stations across the Moscow region to MCD terminal stations. One Wallet (Troika Travel Card) trip will be RUB 45.

Dalnyaya zone is located beyond MCD borders. The cost of the trip has two components: a valid commuter train ticket (RUB 23.00 for one zone to the MCD boundary) plus RUB 45.00. Passengers enjoy free transfer to the MCC, metro and MCD.

D1: from Odintsovo to Lobnya in 80 minutes

MCD-1 Belorussko-Savyolovsky (Odintsovo—Lobnya) will be 52 km long. First, the line will have 24 stopping points, with four more stations ― Slavyansky Boulevard, Petrovsko-Razumovskaya, Dmitrovskaya and Ilimskaya ― expected to open by 2024. The travel time will be 80 minutes.

At the first stage, there will be 15 advanced Ivolga trains running, alternating with ordinary electric trains. The headway during rush hours will be only 5-6 minutes.

With D1 launch, transport accessibility of more than 20 Moscow districts is to improve. Travel time will halve from 1 h 40 min to 48 min. About 400,000 residents of Lobnya, Dolgoprudny, Odintsovo and other neighbouring settlements will be able to get to Moscow faster. Travel time from the Moscow region will be reduced by an average of 40%: from 2 h 40 min to 1 h 20 min by public transport and from 1 h 40 m to 1 h 20 min by D1 instead of using private car.

42.9 million people are expected to take advantage of D1 during the year. After the launch, it will provide 403,000 additional passenger seats per day.

D1 passengers will have access to eight transfers to metro stations, MCC and railway platforms of other lines, and over time the number of transfers is to grow to 12.

As a result, the load on the northern section of Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya, the eastern section of Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya, the north-western section of Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya and Filyovskaya metro lines will decrease by 12%.

Reconstructing infrastructure for D1

A comprehensive reconstruction of the railway infrastructure is in full swing to open D1 for passengers.

In 2018-2019, III and IV main tracks on the Moscow — Odintsovo section of Smolensk line were built. As a result, train traffic has increased significantly, with headway reduced to 3.5 min in rush hours.

The new stopping point ― Skolkovo Innovative Centre ― has been constructed, with Fili, Setun, Nemchinovka, Bakovka, Odintsovo and Rabochy Posyolok stations reconstructed.

Construction of Slavyansky Boulevard, Petrovsko-Razumovskaya and Dmitrovskaya stopping points and reconstruction of Dolgoprudnaya, Novodachnaya, Setun and Bakovka platforms are currently underway.

In addition to convenient platforms with full-length shelters, surface covered concourses are being built at D1 stops to allow passengers to exit on either side of the railway.

During the second stage of D1 development, it is expected to build the III and IV main lines on the Moskva — Butyrskaya — Lobnya section of Savyolovka line of the Moscow railway, to complete the reconstruction of Odintsovo and Lobnya stations, Timiryazevskaya stopping point, to build a new Ilimskaya stopping point, platforms on Lianozovo and Okruzhnaya stations. All stops will meet MCD uniform standards.

D2: from Nakhabino to Podolsk in two hours

MCD-2 Kursko-Rizhsky (Nakhabino — Podolsk) will be 80 km long and have 32 stopping points. Over time, the number of platforms is to increase to 38. Travel time between the final stops will make up 116 min.

First, there will be 11 transfers to the metro, MCC stations and railway platforms of the other lines from D2, with 15 transfers over time.

The traffic opening will provide 486,000 additional passenger seats per day. It is expected that in just a year the trains of this diameter will carry about 48.69 million people. There will be 24 Ivolga trains running on D2, with the headway during rush hours not exceeding 6 min.

Transport services for 30 Moscow districts, as well as residents of Nakhabino, Krasnogorsk, Podolsk and other settlements near Moscow will be significantly improved.

For Muscovites, the travel will become faster: 72 min instead of 90 min. As for the residents of the Moscow region, D2 will reduce travel time by an average of 30%: from 3 h 7 min to 1 h 56 min by public transport, and from 2 h 20 min to 1 h 56 min by MCD-2 instead of using private transport.

In addition, the load on the northern section of Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya, western section of Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya, southeastern and western sections of Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya, the southern sector of Zamoskvoretskaya and northern section of Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya metro lines will be reduced by 12%.

Ivolga: new standard of a city train

MCD will have Ivolga trains by Transmashholding. 90% of Ivolga components are made in Russia. At the Tver Carriage Plant, about 1,000 employees assemble trains. 360 related enterprises employ about 15,000 people more, with 70 suppliers being small businesses.

It is important that the trains running in the city with frequent stops are able to speed up as quickly as possible and to stop as smoothly as possible. Ivolga meets these requirements. As a result, the average travel time is reduced, and passengers do not feel discomfort during speeding up and slowing down.

Ivolga can have 5 to 12 carriages, so it is easy to adjust the train to changing passenger traffic. Version 2.0 accommodates more than 2,000 people.

Thanks to the wide doors (1400 mm instead of the standard 1250 mm), boarding and unboarding time is reduced by an average of 15%, which is relevant in the city. There are no vestibules in the train, so passengers are evenly distributed along the through passage between the carriages.

Ivolga is a transformer train, with the interior space easily adapting to the needs of each passenger. There are bicycle racks, special compartments for luggage storage, places for passengers with limited mobility and comfortable conditions for parents with kids, including changing tables in the toilets.

Its salons are comfortable both for sitting and standing. Ivolga is equipped with a multi-level system of handrails with a warm-touch coating and soft hanging handles. There is an additional vertical handrail in each inter-carriage crossing. Besides, Ivolga 2.0, as well as new metro carriages, have soft panels to lean against if you travel standing.

Adaptive lighting of Ivolga 2.0 varies depending on the time of day: in the morning, when you need to wake up, the train turns on bright spirit-lifting lighting, and in the evening, on the contrary, the light goes soft and soothing.

In addition to news screens, route boards and Wi-Fi hotspots, each seat has a USB-socket. So, there are more than 490 sockets in a seven-carriage train.

The trains maintain a comfortable microclimate, also featuring an air-filtration system. There is an automatic monitoring for carbon dioxide.

The toilets have touch-sensitive taps and automatic hand dryers.

Besides, Ivolga trains boast a digital control and diagnostics system. This is a reliable and safe train, which in real time controls dozens of parameters.

Integrated video surveillance system and driver vigilance monitoring system make the trip as safe as possible. The driver's cabin is equipped with a comfortable ergonomic chair and a personal climate control system.

Comfortable train in the comfortable city: improvement of territories adjacent to MCD

Now, works on the renovation of the wide platform and platform No.1 are underway at Belorussky Railway Station. The platforms will be paved with granite tiles with the so-called intuitive navigation, facing the entrances. Specialists are building shelters, making gutters and surface inlets, installing lighting poles, LED spotlights, hardscape elements, information and navigation steles. Also, workers will dismantle outdated outlets to install modern pavilions made in the same style, as the station building.

The main works on the improvement of Belorussky Railway Station and the surrounding area are expected to finish this November.

'With a platform’s construction, all infrastructure around it has to be transformed. Moscow has its own specific requirements for servicing passengers and city residents we are happy to agree with. This makes it possible for Russian Railways to look completely different today. And it is remarkable that all plans are implemented not just in time, but even ahead of schedule. This is also important for residents,' said Oleg Belozyorov.

In 2017, a comprehensive improvement of Tverskaya Zastava Square near Belorussky Railway Station was carried out, with a public garden recreated and the monument to Maxim Gorky put back to its historical place, sidewalks expanded, modern bus shelters installed, traffic rearranged and the tram line from Lesnaya Street extended.

In addition, on the eve of MCD-1 and MCD-2 launch, comprehensive improvement covered the grounds around six stations: Rabochy Posyolok, Setun, Moskva-Passazhyrskaya-Smolenskaya (Belorussky Railway Station), Moskva-Butyrskaya (Savyolovsky Railway Station), Leningradskaya and Tushinskaya. At 22 stations, work is underway to improve transport and pedestrian accessibility. The total area of improvement covers 70.4 ha.

Works include repair and expansion of sidewalks, repair of the roadway, installation of new street lights, stops and hardscape elements. Level parking spaces are to be arranged, with lawns laid out.

The area of 26.5 ha around railways from the border with the Moscow region to Moskva-Passazhyrskaya-Smolenskaya platform (Belorussky Railway Station), more than 14 km long, is currently being landscaped. Specialists will remove 150,000 cu m of daily and construction waste, lay out 25 ha of lawns, repair 15,000 sq m of asphalt concrete pavement, install 4,600 lin m of side stone, install and repair 1,200 lin m of barriers and paint 24,000 lin m of fences.

Similar work is underway in other areas of the Moscow Railway, which will be part of MCD-1 and MCD-2.


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