Rizhskaya station’s new look: More escalators and that’s not all

August 26

Since 22 August, Rizhskaya metro station on the Moscow Metro’s Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya Line has been closed for reconstruction work, and trains no longer stop there. During the 12-month project, four cutting edge escalators will be installed and the hallway will also be updated. The length of escalators’ belts will be increased by 33 percent. There are only three escalators at present, so this will help boost the station’s capacity and make it more user-friendly.

“The three escalators that are there are over 60 years ago, installed in 1958, and can already be considered museum pieces. The new-generation escalators, due to be fitted at the station, are produced from modern non-combustible material. Most importantly, they will also meet all safety standards. The escalator skirts will have brushes to prevent clothing getting trapped and passengers standing to close to the sides.

“These new escalators are much quieter and consume less electricity. Their service life is 50 years. We will try to do everything as speedily as possible,” Deputy Moscow Mayor and Head of the Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development Maxim Liksutov promised.

They will have a diagnostic and monitoring system and special sensors that will relay data to a dispatch control centre online.

Maxim Denisov, Mos.ru

The Rizhskaya station’s hallway will be done up, too, and after extensive work on the columns and ceiling will look like it once did many years ago. As the station has only one exit, workers are unable to conduct the repairs without shutting it down. Passengers will be able to use neighbouring metro stations, including Prospekt Mira, Aleksxyevskaya and Maryina Roshcha, as well as Rizhskaya station of the Moscow Central Diameter No. 2 (MCD-2) route. While the station remains closed, free KM shuttles linking Rizhskaya and Prospekt Mira metro stations are running. Passenger Mobility Centre helpers will be posted near Rizhskaya to  assist passengers to chart optimal routes.

From 22 August, Troika card users have been able to change between Rizhskaya metro station and the MCD-2 station. People can also use other MCD-2 stations and change to the following metro stations and those of the Moscow Central Circle (MCC) belt railway also free of charge:

  • Dmitrovskaya station on the MCD-2 and Dmitrovskaya metro station on the Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya Line
  • Kalanchovskaya station on the MCD-2 route and Komsomolskaya metro station on the Circle and Sokolnicheskaya lines
  • Streshnevo stations on the MCD-2 and the MCC routes

For more information about alternative routes, go to the Moscow Transport website.

Since early 2020, metro engineers have upgraded 27 escalators at a whole lot of stations including Vorobyovy Gory, Planernaya, Tekstilshchiki, Serpukhovskaya and Spartak. An additional 100 escalators will be overhauled at the Elektrozavodskaya and Kurskaya stations on the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line as well as the Cherkizovskaya station on the Sokolnicheskaya Line. Plans are in the making to carry out repair work at other stations too before the year is out.

Source: mos.ru

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