Sergei Sobyanin: Development of Moscow Transit Hub a major national investment project

December 8, 2020

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin chaired a meeting of the Coordinating Council to discuss the development of the transport system in Moscow and the Moscow Region. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin attended the meeting via videoconference.

The participants summed up the results of how key projects for the development of the Moscow Transit Hub were implemented in 2020 and charted plans for 2021. According to Mr Sobyanin, the development of the Moscow Transit Hub is a priority for the President of Russia.  “This is a major national transport investment project that largely determines the life of the Moscow agglomeration and that of the entire Central Russia. It also largely determines traffic along Russian Railways mainlines.”

Expanding the Moscow Transit Hub’s railway infrastructure

The first Moscow Central Diameters (MCD) routes opened in November 2019. The launching of the MCD-1 and MCD-2 routes has improved transport services for over four million people in Moscow and the Moscow Region.  Passengers now enjoy modern trains, synchronised traffic schedules, additional interchanges and new ticket prices allowing them to save up to 75 percent on daily trips.

Today, the MCD-1 and MCD-2 routes are 132 km long, with 60 stations, including 20 stations interchanging with the metro, the Moscow Central Circle (MCC) belt railway and radial routes of the Moscow Railway. MCD-1 and MCD-2 train traffic is up 73 percent and 69 percent on previous periods when ordinary commuter trains operated.

On 6 March 2020, passenger traffic volumes hit an all-time high, with 568,000 people using these routes. Since their inception, they have carried about 130 million passengers.

Since early 2020, the Moscow Transit Hub received about 15 new surface metro stations, including the large Khovrino city station.

Expanding the infrastructure of the future Leningradsko-Kazansky MCD-3 route (Zelenograd-Ramenskoye) and the Kievsko-Gorkovsky MCD-4 route (Aprelevka-Zheleznodorozhny) will become a key task for 2021. This includes construction of additional tracks, flyovers, stops and transit hubs/links. Active construction is now underway on the MCD-3 route, including:

— construction of a flyover interchange near the Nikolayevka station;

— overhauling the Mitkovskaya Line that links several Moscow Railway lines;

— building a new tunnel on the Moscow Railway’s Kazan Line.

Construction of the MCD-3 route’s infrastructure will be linked with the implementation of a project to create a high-speed Moscow-St Petersburg mainline. This will make it possible to streamline construction deadlines and costs.

By integrating these projects, top-grade transit links/hubs connecting MCD and metro routes with the high-speed mainline will be created. While in Moscow, high-speed trains will stop at the Kryukovo and Petrovsko-Razumovskaya stations. Consequently, many people will no longer have to travel to St Petersburg from Leningradsky Railway Station. Those arriving from St Petersburg will be able to change to municipal transport routes outside central Moscow.

The city is currently implementing the following projects on the MCD-4 route:

— construction of the third main line between Solnechnaya and Aprelevka and the fourth main line between Moscow and Aprelevka;

— construction of a link between the Moscow Railway’s Kiev and Belarus lines;

— construction of the third and fourth main lines between Kursky Railway Station and Kalanchovskaya station;

— construction of the fourth main line between Kursky Railway Station and Nizhegorodskaya station, formerly the Karacharovo platform;

— construction and reconstruction of the MCD-4 route’s halt platforms.

Building the Central Ring Road

The completion of the 336.5-km Central Ring Road (TsKAD) will spur the Moscow Region’s economic development and will make it possible to accomplish many important transport and social tasks.

“Indeed, it is very important to complete the Central Ring Road. It is really great that the project has taken off the ground since early 2020. We have dealt with various matters that remained unresolved for a long time; and now, this is mostly about time and technology. Of course, the Central Ring Road will seriously influence the transport and environmental situation in the Moscow Region, will reduce congestion between the Moscow Region’s districts, on the Moscow Ring Road and on outbound motorways. We will therefore do everything possible to provide assistance and launch the entire Moscow Ring Road, including its New Moscow section,” Sergei Sobyanin noted.

The road’s 141-km section (42 percent) is now open to vehicle traffic. It is intended to open several other sections before the year is out.

The completion of these main construction projects and the launching of traffic along the entire road is a key task for 2021.

Mr Sobyanin thanked everyone for their combined efforts and expressed confidence that the 2021-2023 plans and programmes, approved by the President of Russia, would be fulfilled.


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